Annie On Writing

October 24, 2010

Short Story Competitions for Nov and Dec 2010

Filed under: Writing competition or opportunity — Annie Evett @ 4:55 pm

I’m on a mission with regards to submitting my work to either competitions or anthologies  and get some publishing cred this year.

I’ve just collated a bunch of competitions and publishing opportunities for the next two months. So dust off your first drafts and get them polished. Check the due dates as most are really soon.

The Global Short Story Competition

This competition is conducted monthly on the internet and is open to writers worldwide. Prize money is £100 for the winner and £25 for the runner-up.

Melbourne Shakespeare Society Soliloquy competition.
Sounds like a bit of fun!

Closing: 29 October.
The Melbourne Shakespeare Society is holding a competition for a soliloquy: verse, prose, topical, historical, political, or otherwise. Max. 350 words. Winner receives $300, runner-up $100. Fee for each soliloquy is 4 x 60c postage stamps. Post to P.O.Box 231, Mont Albert VIC 3127.


Rasberry & Vine fiction competition.
Closing: 29 October.
Prize is $300 and publication on R&V website. Any work of fiction, any genre. Maximum word count 4000 words. Competition is open to anyone.

Queen of Crime Short Story Competition.
Closing: 29 October.
Competition for crime/ mystery short crime stories (max: 3000 words) and book reviews of crime novels (500 – 700 words). This year’s judge is P.M. Newton, author of the gripping new crime novel The Old School. Great prizes including cash, a Historic Houses Trust subscription, Victorian Writers’ Centre membership (for Victorian authors), subscriptions to Wet Ink Literary Journal and Australian Police Journal, plus much more.

The Best of Times short story competition #10.
Closing: 31 October.
For humorous short stories (any theme) up to 2500 words.
Cash prizes for first, second and third place.
Entry fee $5 per story.
Post entries to Chris Broadribb, PO Box 55, Blaxcell NSW 2142 or email it to Winning stories published on website if authors agree.

Whale City Short Story Competition.
Closing: 1 November.
For stories up to 1000 words including the word “whale” and/or “water”. $100 1st prize, $50 2nd.

International writers’ competition.
Closing: 1 November.
Open themed competition, 3000 word limit, open to writers worldwide. £4 entry by Paypal. Three cash prizes as well as publication on site and recording for hospital radio. .

Geelong Short Story Competition.
Closing: 5 November.
First prize $700, second prize $200, third prize $100.
All three winning entries to be published by Geelong Advertiser.
For full conditions email
or phone 0466 525 494.
Entry fee $10 ($8 Geelong Writers Members)

Short and Twisted call for submissions.
Closing: 30 November.
This anthology of short stories and poetry – with a twist at the end – is seeking submissions of stories, super short stories and poetry, for the 2011 issue. For submission guidelines email

Fish Publishing International Short Story Contest 2010/2011.
Closing: 30 November.
Best 10 stories as chosen by author Simon Mawer will be published in the 2011 Anthology.
Word limit 5,000. First prize $3,000.

Albedo One.

Closing: 30 November.

Ireland’s magazine of science fiction, fantasy and horror is accepting submissions for the fifth International Aeon Award short fiction contest. Grand prize is 1000 euro and publication in Albedo One. Second and third place stories win 200 and 100 euro respectively, alongside publication in Albedo One.

Writer’s Digest Short Story competition

I think this is a bit dodgy as it asks for $20 entry fee – but if you are happy with that then here are the details

Closes 1 December 2010   entry fee is $20

First Place: US$3,000 and a trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City
Second Place: US$1,500
Third Place: US$500
Fourth Through Tenth Place: US$100
Eleventh Through Twenty-Fifth Place: US$50 gift certificate for Writer’s Digest Book

Stringybark Short Story Award 2010.
Closing: 14 December.
For the best short story (1400 words) relating to Australia or Australians. 1st prize is $500 and publication. There is an entry fee $8.50 (discounts for additional stories).

Hal Porter Short Story comp are accepting submissions of short stories up to  2500 words – The entry fee is  $6 and is due in on 17th Dec.


1 Comment »

  1. Hello, I’m curious and would like to read the winning solioguy. Are you going to post it? I’ve also heard you are printing a little book which will include soliloquies. Is this true? Thank you, Magda


    Comment by Magda Palmer Cordingley — December 26, 2010 @ 5:11 pm | Reply

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