The Oriel Davies Open Writing Contest is now open. Submissions of poetry and prose on the theme of 'water' will be accepted. The prize is £50 to spend at the Oriel Davies shop. The winning entries will feature on the website and be read to an audience at an event in February 2018. Shortlisted writers will also be invited to participate in the readings. Deadline: 4 November.

Creative Nonfiction is seeking submissions on the theme of 'risk'. Every decision we make, whether as individuals or as a society, involves some risk—whether physical or emotional, economic or legal, social or spiritual. Our comfort level with uncertainty defines not only our choices in any given situation, but how we live. Creative Nonfiction editors will award US$1,000 for best essay and US$500 for runner-up, and all essays submitted will be considered for publication. Deadline: 6 November.

The State Library of NSW is calling for entries in the 14th Ashurst Business Literature Prize, Australia’s richest and most prestigious literary award for business writing. The AUD$30,000 Prize was established by Ashurst to reward exceptional literary works in the fields of finance and business and, importantly, to promote awareness about Australia’s commercial life among the general community. Deadline: 10 November.

The Masters Review Contest is open to unpublished stories up to 7000 words. Entrants must be emerging writers who have not published a novel at the time of submission. First prize is US$2000. Deadline: 15 November.

Enter your work now for the 2017 Words And Women Writing Competition. Judges are seeking short fiction of up to 2200 words. First prize is £1000 and up to one month's writing residency provided by Hosking Houses Trust. Deadline: 15 November.

Administered by the Museo de las Palabras (Museum of Words) in Madrid, The Museum of Words Flash Fiction Contest is for very short fiction pieces of up to a maximum of 100 words. The winner will receive a prize of US$20,000, with three runners-up each receiving $1000. Entries close 23 November.

Popshot provides a platform for some of the most exciting new writing and illustration talent from around the globe. Popshot are currently seeking short stories, flash fiction and poetry on the theme of 'romance' for their upcoming issue. Deadline: 27 November.

The Fish Publishing International Story Prize is open to stories up to 5000 words. First prize is €3000 (US$3600) plus a 5 day Short Story Workshop at the West Cork Literary Festival. Ten short stories will be published in the 2017 Fish Anthology. Deadline: 30 November.

The Lascaux Prize is open to stories up to 10,000 words in all genres and styles. The winner will receive US$1000 and the winner and all finalists will be published in a special anthology. Deadline: 30 November.

Ireland’s Munster Literature Centre is inviting entries from emerging and established poets from all over the world for its annual Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Competition. The winner will receive €1000 (US$1200), a week’s residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, publication in Southword and a trip to Cork to attend the Cork International Poetry Festival. Deadline: 30 November.

Galley Beggar Press publish full-length adult literary fiction and narrative non-fiction. Submissions of manuscripts are welcome from all writers. Deadline: 30 November.

The Matador Review is an online literature and art quarterly. All unpublished fiction, creative nonfiction, flash fiction, poetry and visual art is accepted. Deadline: 30 November.

The mission of the Tennessee Williams Writing Contest is to promote new work from emerging artists. Short stories up to 7000 words will be accepted. Submissions must be original and previously unpublished. First prize is US$1500 and publication in Louisiana Literature. Deadline: 30 November.

Baltimore Review's Winter Contest is open to short stories, poems and creative non-fiction. The theme for the contest is ‘Food’. Prizes of US$500, $200, and $100 will be awarded and all entries are considered for publication. Deadline: 30 November.

The Fiddlehead's 27th Annual Writing Contest has both fiction and poetry categories. Each will winner receive CA$2000 (US$1600) and publication. Entries must be unpublished and fiction entires can be up to 6000 words. Deadline: 1 December.

The Calibre Essay Prize is an annual Australian Book Review essay-writing award. Entries must be a single essay of 3,000 to 6,000 words, written in English. Essays can be on any non-fiction subject. Previously published, prize-winning, or broadcast essays will not be accepted. First prize is AUD$5,000 and the runner-up will receive AUD$2,500. The Calibre Essay Prize will be judged by Andrea Goldsmith, Phillipa McGuinness, and Peter Rose. Deadline: 15 January.

Writers from around the world are invited to submit their scripts to the International Radio Playwriting Competition.
The global competition, hosted by BBC World Service and the British Council, in partnership with co-producers The Open University, offers the unique opportunity for playwrights to use the medium of radio drama to reach an international audience. Scripts need to be 53 minutes long and can be on any subject. Deadline: 21 January.

Auditory Cortex: A Poetry Contest is now open. Each poet can submit up to two poems on any theme (no more than 40 lines long each, to be accompanied by a recording of the author’s reading in WAV format). Poems must be written and read in the author’s local variety of English (e.g. Hong Kong English, Singapore English, Filipino English, Japanese English, Burmese English, etc.) in a way that is also accessible to other speakers of English in Asia. Entry is free. Deadline: 28 February.

The Nature and Place Poetry Contest is now open to all writers. Poems are invited that deal with any aspect of nature and place – these terms will be given a wide interpretation by the judge. Poems must be the original work of the entrant and must not have been published, self-published or published on online or broadcast. First prize is £1000, second prize is £500 and third prize is a place on a creative writing course at Ty Newydd Writing Centre. Deadline: 1 March.