Writing competitions closing in March

The Flash 500 CompetitionImage result for writing

A quarterly, open-themed competition for a story in 500 words.

The results will be announced within six weeks of each closing date and the three winning entries each quarter will be published on the website.

Entry fee: £5 for one story, £8 for two stories; Optional critiques: £10 per story

Prizes: First: £300 plus publication in Words with JAM, Second: £200, Third: £100

Closing dates : 31 March, 30 June, 30 September and 31 December


Dark Tales Short Story Competition.  

For horror and speculative fiction, up to 5,000 words.

Prize: £100.  Winner and shortlisted stories will be published in Dark Tales.

Entry Fee: £5.

 Closing date: Monthly, next is 31 March


Scottish Arts Club Short Story competition

Stories up to 1,500 words on any topic, not previously broadcast on radio, read aloud as part of a commercial performance or published in any format, including on a web site pen to the public. The stories do not have to be associated with Scotland. Open to writers worldwide aged over 16, published and unpublished. Chairman of Judges: Alexander McCall Smith

First Prize of £800; Signed copies of a novel by Alexander McCall Smith awarded to all finalists; finalists’ stories will be placed on the Scottish Arts Club website

Entry fee: £10 per story

Closing date: 31 March 


The Short Fiction Prize

Up to 6,000 words and must be unpublished in print or online. Entries will also be considered for general publication. Any theme/genre and you can submit as many times as you like.

First prize: £500 + publication, second prize: £100

Entry fee:   £10 – submit up to 2 stories and receive a free copy of our next issue (worth £10), £6 – submit 1 story

Closing date:  31 March 31


The Henshaw  March 2015 Short Story Competition

Fictional short story of up to 2000 words on any theme.

Prizes:  1st Prize £100, 2nd Prize £50, 3rd Prize £25

Entry fee: £5

Closing Date:  31 March


The Asian Writer Short Story Prize 2015

New and original fiction, under 3000 words. No set theme. Published writers can submit  but the story must not have been submitted elsewhere.

Entry fee: £10 per entry, one per person.

First prize:  £100 & a selection of books; runner-up–a selection of books worth over £50

Closing date: 31 March