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

The Book Pipeline Unpublished Competition 2020
Deadline: 1 June, 5 September and final deadline of 5 October 2020
More details here

Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year Competition
Deadline: 15 June 2020
More details here

The Moth Short Story Competition
Deadline: 30 June 2020
More details here

Anthology Short Story Writing Competition 2020
Deadline: 31 July 2020
More details 

The HWA Dorothy Dunnett Short Story Competition
Deadline: 31 July 2020
More details 

Kindle Storyteller Writing Competition
Deadline: 31 August 2020
More details here

Saveas Writers' International Writing Competition 2020
Deadline: 31 August 2020
More details 

The Query Letter.com Writing Contest
Deadline: 15 September 2020
More details here

Deadline: 20 October 2020
More details here

The Bedford Competition (International Short Story and Poetry Awards
Deadline: 31 October 2020
More details here


Regular Entries

My Writing Journey competition | The Writers College Times

Cooldog Short Story Competition

Grindstone Literary runs several competitions annually. Have a look at their competitions here - https://www.grindstoneliterary.com/competitions


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



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