The ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize accepts entries from writers all over the world. Entries must be a single story of 2,000 to 5,000 words, written in English. Stories can be on any subject and in any style. First prize is AU$7,000, second prize is AU$2,000 and third prize is AU$1,000. Deadline: 10 April.
The Limnisa Short Story Competition seeks entries on the subject of anything known to man, set in past, present or future, yet somehow involving plastic. First prize is a one week writer's retreat in Limnisa, Greece. Deadline: 15 April.
Monash University in collaboration with the Emerging Writers’ Festival is proud to present the Monash Undergraduate Prize for Creative Writing, a prestigious prize for emerging literary voices. The prize is open to both Australian and New Zealand university students, enrolled in either an undergraduate or honours degree. All types of creative writing will be accepted, including short stories, non-fiction narrative and narrative verse. First prize is AUD$4,000. Deadline: 15 April.
The Hunger publishes visceral writing. The theme of “hunger” is not confined only to food, but hungers and thirsts of all kinds: the craving for connection, the human need to be filled or emptied, the devastating desires that define our most alive moments. Submission of fiction, poetry, nonfiction and experimental works are accepted now. Deadline: 15 April.
Inside The Bell Jar accepts poetry, short stories and flash fiction of absolutely any genre. The only requirement they have is that your piece is related to mental illness in some way. This can be in a character, the general theme, something about the setting – you decide. Deadline: 15 April.
Stories of the Nature of Cities 2099 Prize for Urban Flash Fiction is now open. Stories must include nature and people as significant plot elements, be set in a city and be no more than 1000 words. First prize is US$3,000. Deadline: 15 April.
The Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction is open to all women, female-identifying and non-binary writers. The theme of the 2018 competition is ‘Metamorphosis’, with a focus on women’s stories. They're looking for creative, insightful fiction up to 2000 words that addresses the theme in any way. First prize is AUD$1000, a 12-month subscription to Books + Publishing and a book pack. Deadline: 20 April.
Overland is seeking fiction submissions for a special online edition themed around ‘false documents’ – that is, fiction disguised as or in the guise of ‘real’ textual artefacts – to be guest edited by Dave Drayton. These might include stories that take on the shape/form/language/appearance of prescriptions, shopping lists, report cards, instructional manuals, contracts, passive-aggressive post-its, users’ guides, guest books, curriculum vitae, transcripts, court summons, the side of a cereal box, emails, Wikipedia entries, etc. Contributors will be paid AUD$150 for each story. Deadline: 30 April.
The Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award is seeking short fiction collections of up to 30,000 words. The winner will receive AUD$3,000 and two runners up will receive AUD$1000. Deadline: 30 April.
The Bath Novel Award is now seeking full-length manuscripts. First prize is £2,500. Shortlisted writers will receive manuscript feedback and literary agent introduction. A £25 entry fee applies. Deadline: 30 April.
The Poetica Christi Press Annual Poetry Contest is seeking entries on the theme 'interludes'. This topic lends itself to poems about being ‘in between’, a time of rest, a space between journeys, remission, suspension, taking stock, waiting, having a break, silence, time out, recreation, breathing space, recovery, leave, holidays, opportunity, intermission. 25 poems will be selected for the upcoming anthology. Deadline: 30 April.
26th annual Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest is seeking stories and essays of up to 6,000 words. The works should be in English. You may submit published or unpublished work. First prize is US$2,000 in each category. Deadline: 30 April.
Submissions are now open for The Big Issue Fiction Edition! Returning for the 13th year, the annual fiction edition is one of the biggest-selling fiction magazines in Australia, and is a highlight of the publishing calendar. As before, this exciting bumper edition will feature work from some of Australia's most loved writers, as well as a collection of open submissions that are judged "blind". Stories must be between 300-3000 words. Deadline: 1 May.
The Bristol Short Story Prize is now open to writers living anywhere in the world. 1st prize is £1,000, 2nd prize is £700, 3rd prize is £400. 17 further prizes of £100 will be presented to the remaining shortlisted writers. All shortlisted writers will receive 2 free copies of the anthology. Deadline: 1 May.
Cordite Poetry Review is seeking submissions of poetry, be it prose, comics, visual, concrete. The theme of the upcoming issue is 'difficult', guest-edited by Oscar Schwartz and Holly Isemonger. Deadline: 20 May.
The Nick Darke Writers' Award accepts full length stage plays of up to 45 minutes in length on any theme from writers all over the world. Entry is free. The winner will receive £6,000. Deadline: 21 May.
Transference invites submissions of poetry translated into English from Arabic, Chinese, French, Old French, German, Classical Greek, Latin, or Japanese. Along with your translation, please submit a commentary on the translation process, addressing particular challenges posed by the text or specific translation choices. New voices are especially welcome. Transference is published both online and in print. Deadline: 31 May.
The Mslexia Women's Short Fiction Competition is open to all female-identifying writers from any country. Self-published manuscripts are eligible, but women who have had a novel published commercially, for any age group, in any country, are not eligible. Stories can be between 300 and 3,000 words in length and can be on any subject. £5,000 plus two optional extras: a week’s writing retreat at Gladstone Library, and a day with an editor at Virago Press. Deadline: 1 October.