Writing Competitions and Events

SA Writers College offers a free-to-enter short story competition every year with cash prizes for the winners. We do this to support emerging writers and provide a platform for the short story writing.

If you would like to see the kind of work people submit, or you just want a good read, read our winning entries over the past ten years.

If you are looking to take your writing to the next level, then entering a writing competition often provides that extra impetus to refine your work.

This is by no means a full list of competitions. Some writing competitions require an entry fee. Others don't. This seems to be the norm these days and there are credible competitions that require an entry fee. Always check that you are comfortable with sending money to the organizers if this is the case.

Please contact the competition organizers directly if you have any queries. SA Writers College cannot be held responsible for the conduct of any third party competitions or events.





 
 
 
 
 

Entries by Deadline




To Hull and Back Humorous Short Story Competition
Deadline: 31 July
More details here


Fiction Factory - Flash Fiction Competition
Deadline: 31 July
More details here


Words by Water Short Story Competition
Deadline: 31 July
More details here


The Elyne Mitchell Writing Award
22 August 2019


Manchester Fiction Prize
Deadline: 20 September
More details here


Stroud Book Festival Poetry Competition
Deadline: 22 September
More details here


Grindstone International Novel Prize
Deadline: 28 September
More details here


The Journal of African Youth Literature - Call for submissions
Deadline: 30 September 2019
More details here:


Mslexia Women's Fiction Competition
Deadline: 30 September
More details
 
here

Imagnary House - 2019 Children's Books and Young Adult literature - Call for submissions
Deadline: 30 September 2019
More details here:


EYELANDS BOOK AWARDS 2019
Deadline: 20 October
More details here


Southport Writers’ Circle International Short Story Competition
Deadline: 31 October
More details here


Bedford International Writing Competition
Deadline: 31 October
More details here


Aftermath Short Story Contest
Deadline: 31 November
More details here

 



Regular Entries


 

My Writing Journey competition | The Writers College Times

Cooldog Short Story Competition

Writers-forum.com


Inkitt maintains an excellent website documenting lots of international writing competitions

The SSDA Prize - Yearly entry

 

Monthly Entry


Dark Tales Short Story Competition

The Global Short Story Competition


Weekly Entries

The Telegraph Travel Writing Competition

The Long and Short of it - Unity Books Short Story Competition 2010

 



Ongoing


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