Page & Blackmore ​Short Story Competition

This year’s New Zealand Society of Authors’ annual Page & Blackmore Short Story Competition will be judged by Mandy Hager.

Winning and shortlisted stories will be published in the Horizons anthology, and prizes include book vouchers and cash, with $500 for first place.

The maximum length for entries is 1500 words, and the entry fee is $20.

Find out more about the competition.

Deadline: 31 March 2020.

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MiNDFOOD Short Story Competition

For each month of 2020, Mindfood magazine will select one short story for publication. At the end of the year, Mindfood readers get to vote for an overall winner of Best Short Story.

Focused on emerging writers, this is an excellent opportunity to get your writing in front of a wide audience.

To get a feel for what the judge’s are after, have a read of Flotsam and Jetsam, Kathryn Van Beek’s wining story of 2019.

Stories need to be close to 2000 words, but stories of 1900 to 2100 words will be considered.

See the call for entries.

Deadline: 8 October 2020.

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The Cambridge Prize for Flash Fiction

Open internationally, the Cambridge Prize for Flash Fiction is accepting entries of up to 400 words.

Run by TSS Publishing, this is a great one if you’re looking to get your writing to a wider audience, as all winning and shortlisted stories will be published online.

The prizes are generous too:

  • First place: £1000  
  • Second place: £300
  • Third place: £200
  • Shortlist: £50.

This year’s judge is the acclaimed flash fiction writer, Elisabeth Ingram Wallace. As she says on her website, “I just want to read a creepy/weird/face-melting/clavicle-crunching story ….”

You can find the terms and conditions, and enter here.

Deadline: 15 March 2020 (midnight, UK time).

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Cooney Insurance Short Story Competition

“It was 3am…”

The first three words of entries to this competition are set, so if this prompt sets your mind whirring (or if you can work this beginning into one of your existing stories), then get entering!

In it’s ninth year, the Cambridge Autumn Festival’s Cooney Insurance Short Story competition offers some excellent prizes to stories up to 1500 words:

  • First place: $1000
  • Second place: $500
  • Third place: $250

Read more about the competition and download the entry form. Postal and online entries accepted. Open to New Zealand permanent residents.

Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Poems in the Waiting Room competition

The Poems in the Waiting Room competition seeks previously unpublished poems of up to 25 lines. Judge Jenny Powell will award:

  • First place, $175
  • Second place $150
  • Third place $125

The competition is open to New Zealand residents only, and there is no set theme.

Poems in the Waiting Room is a wonderful “arts in health” charity. Dunedin-based, it publishes and distributes free poetry to medical waiting rooms, rest homes, hospices and prisons throughout the country. The poems are carefully selected and aimed at reader enjoyment.

Read more about the competition and about Poems in the Waiting Room.

Deadline: 29 February 2020. Note that entries are by post only.

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