Short story competitions June-December 2022

[UPDATED 5/11/22] Hello! Because my short story listings post from the start of the year was getting a bit long and unwieldy, I thought I would do a fresh one for the second half of the year (which means that we are, unbelievably, halfway through 2022 already – that’s mad, Ted).

As ever, I will update the post whenever new competitions are announced, so do pop back occasionally. And if anyone does win or place in one of these things, please drop by to let me know – I’m always happy to celebrate people’s victories!

  • Write By The Sea Kilmore Quay Short Story Competition
  • Closing date: EXTENDED TO June 10
  • Prizes: 1st place €500, a handcrafted trophy and publication on the festival website. An additional prize of €500 will be awarded to the overall winner of the three competition categories (Fiction Short Story, Flash Fiction and Poetry), ie. they will receive €1,000. Each category winner will be invited to read their work at a public event as part of the festival. This may be online or live with an audience depending on Covid-19 restrictions. Each category winner will also receive a free weekend ticket to the Write By The Sea festival 2022 (September 23-25, Covid-19 restrictions in force at festival time will determine the type of free ticket to be offered)
  • Judges: independent panel
  • Word limit: 3,000 words
  • Theme: none
  • Entry Fee: €10 for one entry, or €25 for three entries (which can be in any or all of the three categories: Flash Fiction, Fiction Short Story, and Poetry ), multiple entries permitted.  Open internationally
  • Aurora Prize for Writing 2022
  • Closing date: June 13
  • Prizes: 1st place  £500, feedback on a piece of work of their choice from a leading literary agent (or editor as appropriate) and a year’s free membership to the Society of Authors, which includes access to advice and resources on all aspects of the business of writing. The winner will also be offered a session with Society of Authors staff, covering advice on copyright, payment terms and contracts. 2nd place £150. 3rd place a one-day course of their choice from Writing School East Midlands
  • Judge: Shreya Sen-Handley
  • Word limit: 2,000 words
  • Theme: none
  • Entry fee:  £9 for one entry, £7 for any subsequent entries, multiple entries permitted. Open internationally
  • Molly Keane Creative Writing Award 2022
  • Closing date: June 22 (12 midday)
  • Prize: 1st place €250, plus a course of the winner’s choice at the Molly Keane Writers Retreat, Ardmore, Co Waterford, in 2023 (to the value of €250)
  • Judges: anonymous 
  • Word limit: 2,000 words
  • Theme: none
  • Entry fee: free to enter, one entry only. Open to writers resident on the island of Ireland
  • 2022 Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize
  • Closing date: June 30 (5pm)
  • Prizes: 1st place £1,000 and publication in Wasafirimagazine. Shortlisted writers will have their work published on Wasafiri’s website. All fifteen shortlistees and winners will also be offered the Chapter and Verse or Free Reads mentoring scheme in partnership with The Literary Consultancy (dependent on eligibility), and a conversation with Nikesh Shukla of The Good Literary Agency to discuss their career progression
  • Judge: panel includes novelist Preti Taneja 
  • Word limit: 3,000 words
  • Theme: none
  • Entry fee: £10 for one entry, £16 for two, multiple entries permitted. A limited number of subsidised entries is available at a rate of £6 per entry, on application. Open internationally
  • The Moth Short Story Prize 2022
  • Closing date: June 30
  • Prizes: 1st place €3,000, 2nd place a weeklong writing retreat at the Circle of Misse writers’ retreat in France (including €250 for travel) and a 3rd prize of €1,000. The winning stories will be published in the autumn 2022 edition of The Moth magazine
  • Judge: novelist Sarah Hall
  • Word limit: 4,000 words
  • Theme: none
  • Entry fee: €15 per story, multiple entries permitted. Open internationally
  • Henshaw Press Short Story Competition
  • Closing date: June 30 (but it’s quarterly so watch out for future deadlines)
  • Prizes: 1st place £200, 2nd place £100, 3rd place £50. The winning stories will be published on the Henshaw Press website, and offered publication in an anthology
  • Judges: ‘a small group of writers, editors, lecturers and of course readers who wish to actively support creative writing’
  • Word limit: 2,000 words
  • Theme: none
  • Entry fee: £6 per entry, with an extra option of written feedback for £14. The competition is non-profit, with proceeds going to Medecins sans Frontieres. Open internationally
  • CAS Short Story Competition
  • Closing date: July 1 (or when a maximum of 230 entries have been received)
  • Prizes: 1st place £800, 2nd place £400, 3rd place £200. Seven shortlisted stories will each receive £40. The ten winning stories will be published on the CAS website
  • Judge: competition organiser Catherine Assheton-Stones
  • Word limit: 2,000-4,000 words
  • Theme: none
  • Entry fee: £7 per entry, one entry only. Open internationally
  • HWA/Dorothy Dunnett Short Story Competition
  • Closing date: July 1
  • Prizes: 1st place £500, publication in both Whispering Gallery magazine and on the Historia magazine website, and a mentoring session with an author and agent. Two Highly Commended writers will also be offered mentoring. The winners and three shortlisted writers will have their stories published as an ebook / print-on-demand edition by the Historical Writers’ Association (HWA) and Dorothy Dunnett Society via Amazon. Each shortlisted author will receive two print copies and a £25 author payment. Shortlisted authors will also be invited to the HWA Crown Award Ceremony in November 2022.
  • Judge: doesn’t say
  • Word limit: 3,500 words
  • Theme: none, but stories must be historical in nature and set at least 35 years in the past
  • Entry fee:  £5 per entry, one entry only. Open internationally
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  • The HG Wells Short Story Competition 2022
  • Closing date: July 11
  • Prizes: 1st place £500. All shortlisted stories will be published in an anthology. There is also a category called The Margaret and Reg Turnill Competition for Young Writers (under-21s), with a prize of £1,000
  • Judges: doesn’t say
  • Word limit: 1,500-5,000 words
  • Theme: ‘Switch’
  • Entry fee: for entrants over 21, it’s £10 per story, or £5 for students with student ID, multiple entries permitted. Entry is free for writers under 21 (see above). Open internationally
  • Doris Gooderson Short Story Competition
  • Closing date: July 12
  • Prizes: 1st place £200, 2nd place £100, 3rd place £50. The winning entries may be published in the next Wrekin Writers Anthology and on the Wrekin Writers website. Publication in the anthology, or on the website, is not guaranteed
  • Judges: doesn’t say
  • Word limit: 1,200 words
  • Theme: none
  • Entry fee: £5 per entry, multiple entries permitted (50% of any profits will be donated to the Severn Hospice). Open internationally
  • Michael Mullan Charity Fund Short Story Competition 2022
  • Closing date: July 14
  • Prizes: 1st place €200, 2nd place €50. Winners will be announced at a special event in Kildare Town Library as part of the Kildare Readers Festival in OctoberThe winning entries will be published on the Michael Mullan Charity Fund website and on the Kildare Library and Arts Service website
  • Judge: novelist Niamh Boyce
  • Word limit: 2,000 words
  • Theme: none
  • Entry fee: €15 per entry, multiple entries permitted. All entry fees will go towards Kidney Cancer Research at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, USA, where Michael was treated. Open internationally
  • Wild Atlantic Words Short Story Competition 2022
  • Closing date: July 31 (5pm). Opens for entries July 8
  • Prizes: 1st place €500, 2nd place €250. Winners will be expected to attend the reading and prize-giving event during the Wild Atlantic Words festival in Castlebar, Co Mayo, which takes place October 4-9
  • Judge: novelist Elizabeth Reapy
  • Word limit: 3,000 words
  • Theme: none
  • Entry fee: €10 per entry, one entry only. Open to writers who are Irish or resident in Ireland
Seán O’Faoláin
  • Anthology Magazine Short Story Competition 2022
  • Closing date: August 31
  • Prize: €500, publication in a future issue of Anthology magazine and a one-year subscription
  • Word limit: 1,500 words
  • Judges: doesn’t say
  • Theme: ‘Courage’
  • Entry fee: early bird entry of €10 per story by April 30, €15 per story thereafter, multiple entries permitted. Open internationally
  • Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2022
  • Closing date: August 31
  • Prizes: 1st place £2,500, publication in the Aesthetica creative writing anthology, a consultation with Redhammer Management, a selection of books from Vintage Books and a one-year print subscription to Granta magazine. The twenty shortlisted writers will be published in the anthology
  • Judges: quite a long list here
  • Word limit: 2,000 words
  • Theme: none
  • Entry fee: £18 per entry, multiple entries permitted. Open internationally
  • Willesden Herald Short Story Competition 2022
  • Closing date: August 31
  • Prizes: 1st place £300 and a one-off Willesden Herald mug inscribed ‘Willesden Short Story Prize 2022’. 2nd place £200. 3rd place £100. Seven shortlisted entries will win £50. All ten winning stories will be published in the Willesden Herald: New Short Stories 12 print-on-demand anthology in the UK and US. A copy of the anthology will go to each of the prizewinners
  • Judges: anonymous
  • Word limit: 1,000-7,000 words
  • Theme: none
  • Entry fee: £5 per entry, multiple entries permitted. Open internationally
  • 2022 Exeter Story Prize and Trisha Ashley Award
  • Closing date: August 31
  • Prizes: 1st place £500, 2nd place £250, 3rd place £150. There is also a Trisha Ashley Award of £200, though I’m not clear what the difference is. Every entry will receive brief feedback in the form of one or two sentences
  • Judges: novelist Trisha Ashley
  • Word limit: 5,000 words
  • Theme: none, although the judge has expressed an interest in ‘humorous, engaging and quirky stories’
  • Entry fee: £12 per entry. Open internationally
  • Limerick Literary Festival Short Story Competition
  • Closing date: September 1 (5pm)
  • Prizes: unusually, there does not appear to be a first place prize for this competition. Instead, up to ten shortlisted authors will be published in the Limerick Literary Festival anthology in 2023. Each author will receive a number of copies of the finished book for their own sale/use
  • Judges: doesn’t say
  • Word limit: 5,000 words
  • Theme: none
  • Entry fee: €25 per entry (wow, that’s steep), multiple entries permitted. Open to writers who hold Irish citizenship
Diana Evans
  • Mslexia Short Story Competition 2022
  • Closing date: EXTENDED TO September 21
  • Prizes: 1st place £3,000, and three finalists will receive £100. The winner and finalists will be published in Mslexia, with eight additional finalists, along with the four winners, appearing in the ebook anthology Best Women’s Fiction 2022
  • Judge: novelist and short story writer Diana Evans
  • Word limit: 3,000 words
  • Theme: none
  • Entry fee: £12 per entry, multiple entries permitted. Open internationally to anyone who self-identifies as a woman
  • Creative Writing Ink Short Story Competition 2022
  • Closing date: September 30 (4pm)
  • Prizes: 1st place £1,000, an online creative writing course with Creative Writing Ink, and publication on the CWI website. Two runners-up prizes of £200 each
  • Judge: author Kerry Hadley-Pryce
  • Word limit: 3,000 words (no min)
  • Theme: none
  • Entry fee: £9 per entry, multiple entries permitted. Open internationally
  • The Perito Prize
  • Closing date: October 1 (11pm)
  • Prizes: 1st place £500 and the story will be published on the Perito website. 2nd and 3rd place is a special mention and the stories will be published on the Perito website, as well as the option to participate in a podcast/readings and other social media. The finalists and a selection of the best stories from the year will be published in a print anthology, which will be available to buy with all profits going to an access and inclusion charity
  • Judge: doesn’t say
  • Word limit: 1000-2,000 words
  • Theme: the story has to be centred around the theme of disabled accessibility, inclusion, diversity and inclusive environments
  • Entry fee: free to enter, one entry only. Open internationally
Helen Lederer
  • Retreat West Short Story Prize 2022
  • Closing date: October 30
  • Prizes: 1st place £400, 2nd place £250, 3rd place £150. Shortlisted entries will win £20. The 10 shortlisted writers in all categories will receive cash prizes and be published in a paperback and ebook anthology and will receive one copy of each
  • Judge: short story writer Sarah Schofield
  • Word limit: 1,000-2,500 words
  • Theme: none
  • Entry fee: £10 per entry, multiple entries permitted. Open internationally
  • ALCS Tom-Gallon Trust Award
  • Closing date: October 31
  • Prizes: 1st place £2,000, 2nd place £1,000. Up to four shorlisted entries will receive £500 each
  • Judges: writers Claire Fuller, Sophie Haydock, Billy Kahora and Mary Watson
  • Word limit: 5,000 words
  • Theme: none
  • Entry fee: free to enter, one entry only. Applicants must have had at least one short story accepted for publication. Open to writers resident in the UK, Commonwealth or Republic of Ireland
  • The Bedford Competition for Short Story
  • Closing date: October 31
  • Prizes: 1st place £1,000, 2nd place £200, 3rd place £100. The prizewinning and shortlisted stories will be published in an anthology as a downloadable e-book and a hardcopy paperback
  • Judges: writer Tim Jarvis
  • Word limit: 3,000 words
  • Theme: none
  • Entry fee: £7.50 per entry, three for £15. Open internationally
  • Fish Short Story Prize
  • Closing date: November 30
  • Prizes: 1st place €3,000 plus a place on a five-day short story workshop at the West Cork Literary Festival in Bantry, Co Cork in July 2023. 2nd place €300 and a week at Anam Cara Writers’ Retreat, Co Cork. 3rd place €300. Seven Honourable Mentions will receive €200 each. The top ten stories will be published in the Fish Anthology 2023 
  • Judge: author Sarah Hall
  • Word limit: 5,000 words
  • Theme: none
  • Entry fee:  €20 for one story (wow), €11 for any subsequent entries. Open internationally
  • 2020 HE Bates Short Story Competition
  • Closing date: December 5
  • Prizes: 1st place £300, 2nd place £100, 3rd place £50
  • Judges: doesn’t say
  • Word limit: 2,000 words
  • Theme: none
  • Entry fee:  £8 for one story, £12 for two. Further entries cost £5 each. Open internationally

PS. If you’re new to writing and/or submitting, you might find a useful tip or two in my post 6 Things I’ve Learned About Entering Competitions

PPS. What’s that, you say? You wish you could buy me a coffee in return for all this invaluable information? Funnily enough, there’s a way to do that now on my brand-new Ko-fi page – link here

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4 thoughts on “Short story competitions June-December 2022

  1. Yes 👍 I have to say this is a fantastic resource and I am very grateful to you for putting it together. I keep checking back and finding things I haven’t seen elsewhere, so many thanks.

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    1. I’m so glad it’s of use to you, Juno. I find it helpful myself to aim for a few deadlines over the course of the year. Thank you very much for the kind message, and best of luck with your entries!

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