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




Aeon Award 2019
Deadline: 30 November 2019
More details here


Aftermath Short Story Contest
Deadline: 31 November
More details here


8th Annual Mogford Short Story Prize
Deadline: 13 January 2020
More details here


William Saroyan International Prize for Writing
Deadline: 31 January 2020
More details here


Next Generation Indie Book Awards
Deadline: 14 February 2020
More details here


2020 Fiction Factory Short Story Competition
Deadline: 31 March 2020
More details here


2020 Inkitt Horror Contest
Deadline: 31 March 2020
More details here


2020 International Rubery Book Award
Deadline: 31 March 2020
More details here


The Journal of African Youth Literature | Call for Entries
Deadline: 31 March 2020
More details here


Society of Spanish Researchers | Science me a Story
Deadline: 20 April 2020
More details here


2020SA Writers College Short Story Competition

Deadline: 30 April 2020
More details here


2020 Bristol Short Story Prize
Deadline: 30 April 2020
More details here


14th International Welsh Poetry Competition
Deadline: 31 May 2020
More details here


The SmokeLong Quarterly Award for Flash Fiction
Deadline: 24 May 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



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

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

 



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