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by Gayle Beveridge (subscribe)
Gayle Beveridge is a past winner of the Boroondara Literary Awards and her work has appeared in Award Winning Australian Writing. Gayle is passionate about family, writing, photography, and with Victoria’s beautiful Bass Coast which she now calls home.
Published October 14th 2021
Turn Your Stories into Success

I once read an article that claimed there were over 3,000 writing competitions offered across the world in any one year and a Google search will immediately serve up a great many, most of which are offered annually. But some organisations go the extra mile, offering monthly, quarterly or biannual competitions. Listed below are eight such organisations, which between them, offer 58 opportunities in any one year.

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Things You Should Know and Tips to Increase Your Chances

a) The following listings are summaries only and it is imperative that you always check the rules and terms and conditions on the competition website to ensure both you and your story are eligible to enter. For example, most competitions exclude previously published or awarded stories and some have regional or age limits. Many award additional prizes for the best local entries.

b) Make sure you follow all the entry instructions including those for formatting.

c) Proofread and edit your story before entering it. Make sure you check spelling and grammar. If you want help with that ProWritingAid is a good editing tool that goes way beyond just spelling and grammar. I have been using it for many years. There is a cost associated with this program but most will find it affordable and there is a free trial period available. Click here to check it out.

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d) Reading your work aloud is a helpful editing tool. Perhaps even have a friend or family member read it through; a second pair of eyes often sees what the first misses. You can even have your computer read it back to you with a free version of 'Natural Reader' which can be downloaded here.

e) Some competitions publish non-winning entries on their websites or in anthologies without remuneration. You may be quite happy to just have your story out there, there is nothing wrong with it, but be aware that the story is then 'published' which precludes entry into most other competitions.

f) Read previous winning entries if they are available. They will give some insight into what is sought, although many competitions have different judges with each passing year and each will have their own likes and dislikes.
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g) Prices are correct at the time of writing but may change throughout the year. Ensure you check the websites.

h) If you want to brush up on your writing skills, you'll find there are a plethora of free courses on almost any writing topic. Click here to check these out in the article 73 Free Writing Courses You Can Do at Home.

All that remains to be said is have a go and good luck.

Monthly Competitions
1 - 12. WRITERS FORUM MONTHLY SHORT STORY CONTEST
Full Details: https://writers-forum.com/short-story-contest/
Country of Origin: UK
Theme: Open
Word Count: From 1000 to 3000 words
Submission Deadline: This is a rolling competition. Entries received after the cut-off point for one issue of the magazine are placed in the next month's contest.
Expected Results Date: Unknown but presumed by the end of the following month
Prizes: 1st £300 2nd £150 3rd £100
Publication: In Writers' Forum magazine and possible future Writers' Forum anthologies.
Entry Fees: £6 or just £3 for subscribers
Critique Offered: Optional feedback for just £5 (additional to the entry fee)

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13 - 24. FURIOUS FICTION
Full Details: https://www.writerscentre.com.au/furious-fiction/
Country of Origin: Australia
Known Restrictions: Over 17 years of age
Theme: A series of prompts apply to each story.
Word Count: to 500 words
Submission Deadline: Competition runs on the first weekend of every month. Prompts are supplied on 5pm Friday and you have until midnight Sunday to get your story in.
Expected Results Date: One month from submission
Prizes: 1st AUD $500
Publication: On the Australian Writers Centre website
Entry Fees: Free

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25 – 36. THE WRITING QUARTER COMPETITION
Full Details: https://writingquarter.com.au/the-writing-quarter-competition/
Country of Origin: Australia
Known Restrictions: Over 18 years of age
Theme: Open
Word Count: 1,000 to 3,000 words
Submission Deadline: Last day of each month
Expected Results Date: 30th day of the following month
Prizes: 1st $30
Publication: On the website
Entry Fees: Free

Quarterly Competitions

37 - 40. WOW QUARTERLY FLASH FICTION COMPETITION
Full Details: www.wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php
Country of Origin: USA
Known Restrictions: Entries limited to 300 for each quarter
Theme: Open
Word Count: from 250 to 750 words
Submission Deadline: Winter – Feb 28th, Spring - May 31st, Summer - August 31st, Fall - November 30th.
Prizes: USD 1st $400, 2nd $300, 3rd $200 USD $25 Amazon gift voucher for each placing and for the next 7 runners up and USD $20 Amazon gift voucher for 10 honourable mentions
Publication: On the WOW! website
Entry Fees: USD $10
Critique Offered: USD $10 (additional to the entry fee)

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41 - 44. FLASH 500 FLASH FICTION COMPETITION
Full Details: www.flash500.com/index_files/flash500rules.htm
Country of Origin: UK
Theme: Open
Word Count: to 500 words
Submission Deadline: 30th June, 30th September and 31st December 2021
Expected Results Date: About 6 weeks after closing date
Prizes: 1st £300, 2nd £200, 3rd £100
Publication: On the Flash500 website
Entry Fees: £5 for one story, £8 for two stories
Critique Offered: £15 per story

45 - 48. WRITE TIME OVER 60S SHORT STORY AWARD
Full Details: https://writetime.org/competition-rules/
Country of Origin: UK
Known Restrictions: Over 60 years of age
Theme: Open
Word Count: to 1,500
Submission Deadline: 30 June, 30 September and 31 December.
Expected Results Date: Within six weeks of the closing date
Prizes: 1st £50, 2nd £25, 3rd £25
Publication: www.writetime.org/storytime and in the WriteTime anthology.
Entry Fees: £3 for one entry, £5 for two entries

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49 - 52. CRANKED ANVIL PRESS SHORT STORY COMPETITION
Full Details: https://crankedanvil.co.uk/shortstory/
Country of Origin: UK
Known Restrictions: Over 16 years of age
Theme: Open
Word Count: to 1,500
Submission Deadline: 31st January, 30th April, 31st July, 31st October
Expected Results Date: Within six weeks of the closing date
Prizes: 1st £150, 2nd £75, 3rd £30
Publication:https://crankedanvil.co.uk/category/winning-stories/ and in the Cranked Anvil Press anthology.
Entry Fees: £5 for one entry, £8 for two entries, £10 for three entries

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53 - 56. CRANKED ANVIL FLASH FICTION COMPETITION
Full Details: https://crankedanvil.co.uk/flashcomp/
Country of Origin: UK
Known Restrictions: Over 16 years of age
Theme: Open
Word Count: to 500
Submission Deadline:28th (or 29th) February, 31st May, 31st August, 30th November
Expected Results Date: Within six weeks of the closing date
Prizes: 1st £100, 2nd £25,
Publication:https://crankedanvil.co.uk/category/winning-stories/
Entry Fees: £3 for one entry, £5 for two entries,

Biannual (Six Monthly) Competitions

57 -58. THE BEST OF TIMES SHORT STORY COMPETITION
Full Details: wildthoughts.com.au/bot.html
Country of Origin: Australia
Theme: Any theme but must be humorous
Word Count: to 2,500 words
Submission Deadline: Autumn 15th May, Spring 31st October
Expected Results Date: Unknown
Prizes: Winners receive a percentage of total entry fees: 1st 70%, 2nd 10%, 3rd 5%
Publication: on the Wild Thoughts website
Entry Fees: AUD $10

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Why? You are a story teller, share your stories and win prizes
When: 2022, every month, every quarter, every six months
Where: Wherever you choose to write
Cost: Entry fees are listed in the article.
Your Comment
That's quite a list. I've never thought of myself as a writer but perhaps it's a way to kill some time until these lockdowns end.
by betty (score: 2|660) 47 days ago
The variety of writing opportunities seems enormous.
by Roger (score: 2|781) 47 days ago
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