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Woman Alive

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Strands International Flash Fiction

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Strands International Flash Fiction Competition - 10 is open for submission now and will close on November 15, 2020

​First Prize: $ 100

Second Prize: $ 50

Third Prize: $25

All the winners will be published in Strands Lit Sphere

Deadline for submission - November 15, 2020.


Submit your flash fiction pieces between 300 and 1,000 words per entry.

There is an entry fees of $5/€4.50/£4 for up to two stories

The stories must be in a single Word file with a page break for the second entry.

Use a reader-friendly font sans serif like Times New Roman, 12 point, double spaced. 

The competition is open to writers of any age, from anywhere the world.

The stories you submit must be written originally in English. 

Please do make sure that you can receive the cash award via PayPal if you are adjudged a winner.


for submission - November 15, 2020.

A longlist will be announced by November 20, 2020.

shortlist and final results will be announced by November 25, 2020.

The wi…

The Ginko Prize

 Full details The Ginkgo Prize for Ecopoetry is a major international award for poems embracing ecologicalthemes.The Prize aims to highlight the role poetry can play in raising awareness, gaining insight, and provoking concern for the ecological imperatives of ourtime.First prize is £5,000, second prize is £2,000, and third prize is£1,000.The judges are UK Poet Laureate, novelist and activist Simon Armitage and poet, critic and commissioning editor JadeCuttle.This year, we are launching a separate prize with Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty – the theme will be Landscape, and the £500 prize will be awarded to The Best Poem of Landscape. Executive Chief Howard Davies says ‘The relationship between poetry and landscape goes back to the origins of language, and to interpret natural beauty artistically goes to the very root of what it means to be human. We all know how it feels to be stopped in our tracks by the wonder of nature – whether that be in a quiet woodland, before a roi…

Wenlock Olympian Flash Fiction Prize

 Full details The Wenlock Olympian Society is pleased to announce, in collaboration with the Much Wenlock & District U3A ‘Writers on the Edge’, for the first time and as a response to the coronavirus lockdown, aFlash FictionCompetition2020/2021Prizes: £150, £50 and £25 plus Gold, Silver or Bronze Wenlock Olympian Society (WOS) medalsDeadline for entries: 31 October 2020Length of story: max 1,000 wordsWe are looking for flair and creativity on any one of the following themes:– Five Rings– Winning– Gold is Only a ColourAll genres of stories are welcome (excluding Children’s and Young Adult Fiction)Entry Fee: £5 (£8 for 2 entries,  £12 for three entries)Sharon Bolton, Sunday Times best-selling author, will judge and identify the medal winners

Benjamin Franklin House Literary Prize

Full detailsThe quote for the 2020 competition is: ‘Glass, China, and Reputation, are easily crack’d, and never well mended’ Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1750.Entrants must aged 18-25 years and living in the UKEntries of 1000-1500 words must be sent by 31 October 2020 to  education@benjaminfranklinhouse.orgEach entrant is asked to provide their name, e-mail, postal address and telephone number. In addition, entrants should provide their age and place of study or a biographical note explaining their current activities if they are not currently in educationEntrants may submit only one entry; fiction or non-fiction acceptedWe look forward to receiving your entries – good luck!

Sentinel Poetry Competition

 Full details Closing date: 31st October, 2020Early Bird Promotion, 15% Off Entry Fees. Ends 30-Sept-2020 Scroll down to enter.  Details: This competition is for original, previously unpublished poems in English language, on any subject, in any style up to 50 lines long. Poems posted on members-only non-public groups for review/critique as part of the creative process are not deemed to have been previously published. Poets of all ages, gender or nationality living in any part of the world are eligible to enter. Judge:Roger Elkin is the author of eleven poetry collections including Pricking out, No laughing matter, Points of Reference, Bird in the Hand, Chance Meetings, Dog's Eye View, Fixing Things and Marking Time. His twelfth collection Sheer Poetry will be published in September 2020. Elkin has won over 250 prizes and places – 60 firsts – in national and international poetry competitions. Prizes:

Pressfuls Fantasy Short Story Competition

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The Port Stepehns Literature Award

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Nigthscape Press

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Joffe Books

Full details WHY PUBLISH WITH USJOFFE BOOKS is one of the UK’s leading independent publishers of excellent commercial fiction, especially crime and mystery fiction. We are renowned for working closely with authors from across the world to create fantastic books and turning them into best-sellers.We accept submissions from agents, previously published authors (including self-published authors) with long backlists, first-time writers with only one book under their belt, and anyone in between. We pride ourselves on the passion and dedication we pour into each and every book we publish. Become a Joffe Books author and you will join our roster of award-winning authors and New York TimesUSA Today and Amazon best-sellers including Faith MartinJoy EllisRobert Goddard, Stella Cameron and Helen Forrester.Joffe Books is a proud member of the Independent Publishers Guild and The Crime Writers’ Association. Before submitting, please read the guidelines below. WHAT WE PUBLISHOur favourite genr…

Uncanny magazine

 Full details  Please follow us on social media or sign up for our newsletter to get all submission updates. Editors-in-Chief: Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian ThomasUncanny Magazine is seeking passionate, diverse SF/F fiction and poetry from writers from every conceivable background.  We want  intricate, experimental stories and poems with gorgeous prose, verve, and imagination that elicit strong emotions and challenge beliefs. Uncanny believes there’s still plenty of room in the genre for tales that make you feel.Uncanny Magazine is a Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) Qualifying Professional Market.Fiction GuidelinesUncanny is looking for original, unpublished speculative fiction stories between 750-6000 words. Payment is $.10 per word (including audio rights). We will reject any story that doesn’t follow our guidelines and procedures. You may not resubmit a rejected story. If you aren’t sure if your story counts as unpublished, please query us.Submiss…


Full submissions We are looking for submissions of poetry, short fiction, creative non-fiction and visual art. Writing that grabs us conveys a unique perspective and honest insight into our world. We are especially interested in underrepresented voices of all kinds, and we want to see submissions from writers and artists of all races, sexualities, nationalities, religions, and genders, as well as disabled and neurodivergent creators. Genre fiction submissions are welcome, particularly speculative fiction. We are all writers and artists, so simultaneous submission are encouraged, but please let us know immediately if it has been accepted elsewhere. Previously published work will not be considered, and this includes work published on social media and personal websites. If it available publicly online, that means it is published. Once you have received a response to a submission, please wait two months before sending us a new work. Submitting is free, but please consider tos…

Prospect Magazine

Full submissions Submission guidelines for Prospect onlineAlthough Prospect works mainly with our pool of regular contributors, we also accept unsolicited pitches in some cases. If you’d like to write for us, please see below for our pitching guidelines.What sort of thing are you looking for?Smart, ideas-led writing on politics, culture, economics and anything else that might reasonably come under the broad rubric of “current affairs.” Think the kind of conversations you might have in a pub: what are the quirks and trends in culture and politics that haven’t been properly discussed yet?We are also interested in hearing about potential longer pieces of investigative journalism. In this case, we are looking for relatively fully-formed ideas, preferably with some initial research behind them and a plan on how you can deliver.What sort of thing aren’t you looking for?We are interested in writing that brings a new slant to topics—if it could easily be done in-house, or is a broad…

Lockdown Lit Bounds Green

Full details We’re launching a collection of writing inspired by the coronavirus pandemic.“Everyone in the world has experienced something extraordinary during this pandemic,” says BGBW founder member Susie Helme. “Some are struggling to surmount new hardships; some are re-examining their lives and shifting their priorities. So many are experiencing the grief of losing loved ones. We are all noticing the love and caring of othersfriends, relatives and key workerswho are risking their own safety to keep us alive. One thing we all have in common is that these experiences have been happening in isolation. We have been locked up at home, and don’t really know what everyone else has been going through.”Submissions may be short stories, poems, short articles, editorials or essays. They should be under 2,000 words and should be emailed to We’ll publish the submissions we accept in our Lockdown Lit – Imagination in Isolation pages on the site.Sha…

Farther Trees

Full detailsSubmissions GuidelinesFrom the Farther Trees is a bimonthly, print-only magazine of fantasy fiction. We are open to original stories in all subgenres of fantasy, ranging from fairy tales to science fantasy, weird westerns to romantic fantasy, epic fantasy to urban fantasy, swords & sorcery to quiet character studies, and everything in between. Regardless of setting, stories should be centered on character and emotion (though the occasional thrilling adventure is welcome).Content. No racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, classism, fascism, or graphic gore or sex. What makes modern fantasy great is its diversity of perspectives and its challenge to structures of power. From the Farther Trees exists to amplify the voices of new and diverse writers.We’ve received a glut of stories dealing with pandemics and the end of the world, for obvious reasons. We won’t be publishing pandemic or apocalyptic stories for the foreseeable future.Length. Stories should be be…

Autumn House Writer Prize

Full detailshe Rising Writer Prize in Poetry is for a first full-length book of poetry by an author 36 years old or younger. Autumn House believes in supporting the work of younger, less-established writers who will become the voices of an emerging generation.For the 2021 contest, the Autumn House staff serves as the preliminary readers, and the final judge is Matthew Dickman. The winner receives publication of a full-length manuscript and $1,000. The submission period opens October 1, 2020, and closes January 15, 2021 (Eastern Time).Must be the author’s first full-length poetry collection (previous publications of chapbooks are fine). Authors must be 36 years old or younger in this calendar year The winners will receive book publication, $500 advance against royalties, and a $500 travel/publicity grant to promote their bookAll finalists will be considered for publicationSubmissions should be approximately 50-80 pagesThe reading fee is $25 (We will waive the submission fee for …

Common Wealth Prize

Full details The 2021 Commonwealth Short Story PrizeOpen for submissions until 1 November 2020by Commonwealth Writers  /  28th August 2020   /  The Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2021 JudgesThe Commonwealth Short Story Prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000–5,000 words). Regional winners each receive £2,500 and the opportunity to be published online by Granta magazine, and the overall winner receives £5,000. As well as English, stories are accepted in the Bengali, Chinese, French, Greek, Kiswahili, Malay, Portuguese, Samoan, Tamil and Turkish languages. Translated entries from any language into English are also eligible. If the winning story is a translation, the translator receives additional prize money.The competition is free to enter and open to any citizen of a Commonwealth country who is aged 18 and over.The 2021 Commonwealth Short Story Prize is open for online entries until 1 November 2020.Please read the rules below and enter your story…

The National Poetry Competition

Full details The 2020 National Poetry Competition is now open for entries!Start your entry by following this link.Update: 03/09: You can now read our judges’ Q&As with both Karen McCarthy Woolf and Jonathan Edwards – find out their advice for getting past a blank page, editing tips, and more.20/08: Our third writing guide is here from commended poet Ella Frears, on poems that explore the unknowable and unexpressable, and the way timelessness can speak to the current climate. Download it for free here. 15/07: The next in our series of writing guides is now available, from past National Poetry Competition winner Eric Berlin, looking at poems where the speakers’ perspectives turn on their heel. You can view the resource here.24/06: We’ve published a new guide on nature writing from former National Poetry Competition judge and commended poet Pascale Petit. Take a look here!


Full details Ovacome Writing Competition Take part in the first ever Ovacome Creative Writing Competition for the chance to win some fantastic prizes! We are launching this competition to raise awareness of ovarian cancer and money for our ovarian cancer support services. First Prize: due to receiving an anonymous donation our top prize has now doubled to £500!Runner up prize: TBAThe competition is open to anyone in the UK over the age of 18. You can enter a short story with a maximum word count of 2,000 words.You can enter any time between 31 July 2020 and 31 October 2020 - the winner and runner up will be announced in December 2020. 
Enter via the web site

Larry Brown Short Story Awards

Full detailsContest GuidelinesPlease read the guidelines carefully before submittingThe contest is open from August 1st to October 31st of each yearThe submitted story must be less than 4,000 wordsNo previously published work will be consideredThe writer’s name and contact information should only appear within the cover letter box in Submittable;submissions will be judged blindly by our guest judgeAgain, no identifying information should appear on the submitted manuscript pagesThere’s a $10 entry fee for each story submissionWriters can submit multiple entries; however, each entry must be submitted separately and each entry requires an entry fee and cover letter with an address and phone numberSimultaneous submissions are fine; however, please withdraw the story immediately if it’s accepted elsewhereThe winners and honorable mentions will be notified by December 15th, 2020, and the prize money will be awarded the day after publication on January 2nd, 2021Those selected as honorab…

Hastings Writers Room Poetry Competition

Full details Poetry Competition Closing date: 31 October 2020Judge: John McCullough First prize: £100 and a signed copy of John McCullough’s poetry collection Reckless Paper Birds.Runner up: £50 and a signed copy of John McCullough’s poetry collection Reckless Paper Birds.Entry Fee: £6 for one poem, £10 for two (see below).The competition is open-themed, maximum 40 lines.
Click here for full rules and how to enter.John McCullough lives in Hove. His first collection of poems, The Frost Fairs (Salt), won the Polari First Book Prize in 2012 and was a Book of the Year for The Independent. This was followed by Spacecraft (Penned in the Margins, 2016) which was a summer read in The Guardian and shortlisted for the Ledbury-Forte prize. His latest book of poems, Reckless Paper Birds (Penned in the Margins, 2019) was recently shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award. The judges said “This collection – hilarious, harrowing and hyper-modern – offers a startlingly fresh insight into vulnerabili…

Flash 500 Novel Competition

Full detailsWelcome to the seventh year of our Novel Opening Chapter & Synopsis Competition!Have you started, or completed, a novel with strong, credible characters and a page turning plot? Have you honed the first chapter? Can you put together a compelling one page synopsis of the balance of the story? Yes? Then why not enter our Novel Opening Chapter competition and have your work judged by Headline Publishing? We welcome published, self-published and unpublished novelists. The only stipulation is that the entry must be unpublished.We are looking for an opening chapter up to 3,000 words, plus a one page synopsis outlining the balance of the story. If your chapter is longer than 3,000 words, DO NOT SUBMIT A LONGER MANUSCRIPT. Simply close the entry within the 3,000 word limit and make a note at the end (which will not be included in the word count) stating the chapter continues beyond this point.This is an annual competition: entries close on 31st October 2020. Entry fe…

Cinnmaon Literature Award

Full details Open to all writers, both debut and established voices, and adjudicated by Jan Fortune, Adam Craig and Tracey Iceton. It’s a great way to get your short story collection, poetry collection or novel seen. To enter, submit either:10 poems, up to 50 lines each; or2 short stories, up to 5,000 words each; orup to the first 10,000 words of your novel (to the nearest sensible cut off point).Individual poems or stories may have been published online or in magazines, provided the writer retains copyright.International entrants welcome.The winning entrant will have their book published by Cinnamon Press.The entry fee is £16 and the closing date is 31 October, 2020.We'll look forward to reading your submissions and good luck!Further GuidelinesOpen to all writers, beginners and established.Credit cards can be used on Paypal without an account or pay by bank transfer in GBP.Entries should be submitted electronically, via the form below, as single documents in .doc, .docx or .rtf…

The Triquarterly Review

Full submissionsThank you for your interest in TriQuarterly, the literary journal of Northwestern University. TriQuarterly is edited by students in the Litowitz MFA+MA Graduate Creative Writing Program and the MA in Creative Writing in the School of Professional Studies. Alumni of these programs and other readers also serve as editorial staff. We welcome submissions in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, video essay, short drama, and hybrid work from established as well as emerging writers. We are especially interested in work that embraces the world and continues, however subtly, the ongoing global conversation about culture and society that TriQuarterly pursued from its beginning in 1964. We also accept craft essays and interviews, which we publish throughout the year.How to Submit:We accept all submissions through Submittable, an online submissions system. There is no charge to create a Submittable account, but please note that we do charge a small reading fee to help cov…


 Full details T STORIESHere at STORGY we welcome unsolicited submissions from published and unpublished authors. We are looking for literary short fiction, particularly short stories which challenge literary conventions and experiment with genre, style, form and content. We consider all genres and welcome all submissions. We want writing which forces the reader to face the reality in which we live, or the illusions in which we hide. We want soul, be it broken or bruised, or endless and almighty. We want to laugh, cry, cower, and applaud. Tell us, teach us, transform us.NON-FICTIONESSAYSWe are seeking informed essays that attempt to place their subjects against a broad perspective, including, but not limited to; personal essays, memoir, literary journalism, travel narratives, etc. For the most part we are not interested in scholarly articles that are narrow in focus and/or overly burdened with footnotes. The ideal essay is a provocative, thesis-oriented work that can engage…

The Short Ficton Journal

Full details We look forward to reading your work. We publish one story per month as our Featured piece. We will also periodically seek to publish one story in a new section - "Introducing" - which will be a showcase for excellent new writers; that is, writers for whom this is their first published piece. In both cases we are looking for the best, carefully crafted, deeply considered work.​All submissions are seen by two readers and we aim to respond within two months. There are no submission fees. We offer a paid Critique service (see here), which supports our future existence. We're also deeply grateful for metaphorical coffees bought at our Ko-Fi page and every small PayPal donation.​We are now OPEN for submissions. Regretfully, however, we are not currently accepting submissions from the USA.​We accept submissions via Submittable (link below). Please do not email your story unless using our Critique Service.​Before you submit, please note the following guidelin…

Science Fiction Magazine

Full details  Fantasy & Science Fiction has no formula for fiction, but we like to be surprised by stories, either by the character insights, ideas, plots, or prose. The speculative element may be slight, but it should be present. We prefer character-oriented stories, whether it's fantasy, science fiction, horror, humor, or another genre. F&SF encourages submissions from diverse voices and perspectives, and has published writers from all over the world. Do not query for fiction; submit the entire manuscript. We publish fiction up to 25,000 words in length. Please read the magazine before submitting. A sample copy (print edition) is available for $7.00 in the US and $17.50 elsewhere (to NJ address below). •   We do not accept simultaneous submissions. Please prepare your submission according to standard guidelines, which you can find here: . If you're mailing your manuscript, put your name on each page, and enclose a self-add…


Full detailsPseudoPod is always looking for quality fiction to feed our listeners. If you’re a writer with a short horror story that you’d like to hear narrated by one of our talented performers, we’d like to see it. Probably. When we’re open, you can send it to us through our Moksha portal. Check to see if we’re open by reviewing our schedule.Multiple and Simultaneous SubmissionsWe do not accept multiple submissions; if you submit more than one story everything after the first will be withdrawn. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable. Please check the box on the submissions form to let us know that you are submitting this to multiple markets simultaneously.The only exception to this is simultaneous submission of a single story to multiple Escape Artists podcasts (Escape Pod, PodCastle, Cast of Wonders, and PseudoPod), which we ask that you avoid. When submitting to one Escape Artists podcast, please wait to hear back about it before submitting the same story to another.W…

Pink Arc

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We like strong writing, well-crafted worlds, and original voices. If this means excessive use of profanity, sex, or violence, then so be it. However, pushing the envelope of good taste is one thing, grossing out the editors is another. Whether or not we think a piece of writing is edgy or has just gone too far basically boils down to a matter of taste. We do appreciate the beauty in the subtle and the sublime. Can writing be both beautiful and profane, violent and subtle, or edgy and sublime?  We think so. 

We accept multiple submissions. No simultaneous submissions. 

All Pink Narcissus Press publications will be made available in both trade paperback and e-book format.Submissions: Novels 
The editors at Pink Narcissus Press are currently considering longer works (around 50,000 words and up) for future publication. In particular, we are interested in fiction novels that are well-written but may have been passed over by the larger publishing hous…