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Lantana Publishing

Lantana Publishing is a young, independent company with a mission to open up a space for diverse and minority voices in children's publishing. They are currently looking for submissions for picture book manuscripts from BAME authors and illustrators. For more details on the submissions process and specifications click here.

Ad Hoc Fiction

Ad Hoc Fiction, free weekly flash fiction competition. 150 words maximum. Entries published and winner decided by public vote. Winner receives a  free entry to Bath Flash Fiction Award and a chance at winning the £1000 first prize,  £300 second prize or £100 third prize.

Reedsy short story contest

Every Friday, Reedsy kicks off a weekly short story contest by sending out a newsletter that includes five themed writing prompts. Subscribers have one week (until the following Friday) to submit a short story based on one of the prompts. A weekly winner receives $50 and publication on Reedsy’s Medium blog. Find out more here.

The Bridport Prize

You can submit poems, short stories, flash fiction stories and the opening chapters of your novels to the competition. Submissions for the The Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel can be in any adult fiction genre including fiction for young adults (YA) providing there is a genuine crossover for adult readership. First prize of £5000 for short stories and poems, £1000 for flash fiction and £1000 plus mentoring from TLC for first novels. Find out more here.

Deadline: 31 May 2018

The Newcomer Prize for Short Stories

The 2018 edition of our Newcomer Prize for short stories is now open for entries. This year we've got a first prize of £500 and a second prize of £250. The Newcomer Prize is for writers who haven't yet published anything with The Fiction Desk, and haven't yet published a novel or collection of short stories on paper. Find out more here.

Deadline: 31 May 2018

Creative Future Literary Awards

Founded in 2013, the Creative Future Literary Awards are the UK’s only national writing competition and high profile awards ceremony for under-represented writers. 'Chemistry' is the theme for this year's competition, and there are £7500 of cash and professional development prizes. More info here

Deadline: 18 June 2018

V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize

This prize was founded by the Royal Society of Literature to commemorate the English short-story writer.The annual prize of £1,000 goes to the best unpublished short story of the year. The winning entry is also published in Prospect Magazine and the RSL Review. Find out more here

Deadline: 29 June 2018

The Brighton Prize

If you can create a story that challenges us with new ideas while staying beautifully simple, there’s a good chance we’ll love it. Our judges this year are novelist Alison MacLeod, literary agent Sarah Manning, and Brighton Prize director, Erinna Mettler. We’re looking for flash fiction up to 350 words and short stories between 1000 and 2000 words. Find out more here

Deadline: 1 July 2018

The Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2018

The prize was launched to support new writers, with no limits on age, gender, nationality or background. A winner will be chosen by our stellar line up of judges for each category: Fiction; Poetry; Life Writing. The three winners will be published by Wasafiri and receive a cash prize. Find out more here

Deadline: 13 July 2018

Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize

Liverpool Hope University's playwriting competition is officially open, and they're inviting comedy playwrights to sumbit their scripts for a chance to win £10,000. Previous winners have been Katie Mulgrew and Simon Bradbury, while runner up Gerry Linford will have his play The Miracle Of Great Homer Street produced at the Royal Court in June. Find out more here

Deadline: 22 July 2018

The Stroud Book Festival Competitions

The Poetry and Flash Fiction categories are open to entrants internationally in this annual writing competition run by the Gloucestershire book festival. Find out more here

Deadline: 31 July 2018

The Seán Ó Faoláin International Short Story Competition

This Cork-based competition is open to original, unpublished and unbroadcast short stories in English of 3000 words or fewer. The story can be on any subject, in any style, by a writer of any nationality, living anywhere in the world - with Brighton novelist Paul McVeigh one of this year's judges. Find out more here

Deadline: 31 July 2018