Writing competitions

images (1)Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize is for unpublished novels by women over the age of 21. Submit: first 30 pages, plus a synopsis. Judges: Literary agent, Madeleine Milburn, and Dr Lindsey Traub. Prizes: £1,000; shortlisted entrants will be given half hour consultations with Madeleine. Entry fee: £10 per entry. Closes 12 March

Brittle Star creative writing competition (stories and poems) – Prizes in each genre: First £250, Second £100, Third £50. Fee £4 for first entry then £3 subsequent entries.  2014 Brittle Star subscribers get second entry for free. Closes 12 March

Exeter Writers’ Short Story Competition is open to writers anywhere in the world. Stories up to 3,000 words in any genre except children’s. First prize £500, second £250, third £100, plus publication on their website, and an additional prize of £100 for the best story from a Devon writer. Entry fee: £5 per story. Visit website, or send SAE to Competition, 202 Manstone Avenue, Sidmouth, EX10 9TL. Closes 31 March

Short Fiction Journal competition – No restriction on theme, up to 5000 words. Entry is £10 for up to two stoties or £5 for one. First prize is £500, second prize is £100. Closes 31 March.

Bath Short Story Award – No story theme’; 2,200 word limit. Entry is £8 and prizes range from £50 to £1,000. Closes 31 March.

Dark Tales – First prize £100 for horror and speculative fiction up to 5000 words. Closes 31 March 

Writers’ Village Foundation – Debut novelists can win a £500 bursary to have their novel professionally critiqued at the Writers’ Village Foundation. The top eight submissions will also gain personal feedback from the award judge, novelist Michelle Spring. Entry is £12. Closes 31 March.

The Brighton Prize is a new competition for stories of 1,000 – 2,000 words on any subject. Judges: Bethan Roberts and Laura Lockington. Prizes: £400; 2@£50. The top three writers will be invited to read their work at the Brighton Fringe Festival, and the top ten will be included in an anthology and will receive tickets to the Brighton Fringe. Entry fee: £6 per story.Closes 1 April.

Berkhamsted Writing Competition– Story theme is ‘Beginnings’; 1,000 word limitEntry is £5 and main prize is a £500 bursary for MA in Creative Writing at Kingston University. Closes 4 April

Bristol Short Story Prize – short story, 4,000 words. an annual international writing competition open to all published and unpublished, UK and non-UK based writers. We publish an annual anthology of the winning stories as well as presenting cash prizes.First prize £1,000. Entry fee £8 Closes 30 April.

Momaya Press’s Short Story Competition is open to writers of any nationality writing in English and offers the opportunity for winners to be published in the Momaya Annual Review 2014. Entries may be up to 3,000 words long and any subject or style is welcome. The competition is open to writers from all countries, but entries must be written in English. The Theme: The 2014 theme is “Captivity”.  First Prize: $200 (£110) plus copy of the Momaya Press Annual Review 2012. Closes 30 April.

Almond Press Broken Worlds Dystopian short story contest – Entry is free with a 5,000 word length. First prize is £100 and all shortlisted entries will be published. Closes 1 May

The Fiction Desk Ghost Story Competition – First prize £500; entry fee £7; 2000-5000 words Closes 30 May.

Frome Festival Short Story Competition is now open and  stories on any theme of between 1000 and 2200 words are invited. Entry fees are £5 per story and entry may be by post or online. Closes 31 May.

The Bridport Prize is open to all nationalities aged 16 years and over. Its mission is to encourage emerging writers and promote literary excellence through its competition structure. The poem and short story categories each have a first prize of £5,000, second prize £1,000 and third prize £500. An additional 10 supplementary prizes (for each category) of £50 each are awarded. A new category for flash fiction with a prize of £1,000 was launched in 2010. There is a second prize of £500, 3rd prize of £250 and 3 supplementary prizes of £25. Closes 31 May