Top 8 Writing Competitions Ending in July 2023

Top 8 Writing Competitions Ending in July 2023

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Posted 2023-06-18 by Gayle Beveridge-Marienfollow

Thu 09 Mar 2023 - Mon 31 Jul 2023

If you write short stories then you are a writer. Competitions are a great way to move from being a writer to being a published writer. I read once that there are more than 3,000 writing competitions offered across the world every year. This is just a small selection of those available with deadlines in July 2023. Enter something you've already written or pen something new over the Christmas holidays. Remember though, not winning might not mean your work isn't good; some of these competitions attract more than a thousand entries, but if you would want to analyse what you might do better, take a look at the article 'Why Didn't My Story Win?'


Before you send off your story, I recommend you go through this checklist. I cannot understate the importance of these key considerations and so I will always include them as a precursor to the competition list.
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.
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.
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. Modern versions of Microsoft Word have a read-aloud function.


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 that, 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.
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 find there are a plethora of free courses on almost any writing topic. You can check these out in the article 73 Free Writing Courses You Can Do at Home.https://www.weekendnotes.com/73-free-writing-courses-you-can-do-at-home/
All that remains to be said is have a go and good luck.


1. The Dorothy Dunnett Society / HWA Short Story Award 2023
Full Details: http://historicalwriters.org/awards/ddshwass-award-2023/
Country of Origin: UK
Open to: Anyone writing in English
Theme: Story at least 35 years in the past, (particularly the 11th, 15th and 16th centuries)
Word Count: to 3,500
Open for submissions: 9th March 2023
Submission Deadline: 1st July 2023
Expected Results Date: October 2023
Prizes: 1st prize £500, 2 runners up will be offered mentoring, 6 short-listed entries £25 plus 2 print copies of the anthology
Publication: Anthology
Entry Fees: £5
Critique Offered: No

2. The H G Wells Annual Short Story Competition
Full Details: https://hgwellscompetition.com/
Country of Origin: UK
Open to: Anyone writing in English
Theme: Motion
Word Count: 1,500 to 5,000
Open for submissions: Now
Submission Deadline: 10th Jul 2023
Expected Results Date: Shortlist by 21st September 2023, Winner by 19th November 2023
Prize: £500
Publication: HG Wells Short Story Competition Anthology
Entry Fees: £10
Critique Offered: No

3. Hastings Literary Festival Competitions
Full Details: https://www.hastingslitfest.org/general-5
Country of Origin: UK
Open to: Anyone writing in English
Theme: Open
Word Count: to 2,500
Open for submissions: Now
Submission Deadline: 14th July 2023
Expected Results Date: Unknown
Prizes: 1st prize £250, 2nd prize £100, 3rd prize £50
Publication: Electronic rights for six months
Entry Fees: £7.50 or £13 for two entries and £20 for three
Critique Offered: No


4. Aurora Short Fiction and Poetry Prize 2023
Full Details: https://writingeastmidlands.co.uk/for-writers/aurora-prize-for-writing/
Country of Origin: UK
Open to: Anyone writing in English
Theme: Open
Word Count: to 2,000
Open for submissions: 10th May 2023
Submission Deadline: 19th July 2023
Expected Results Date: Sept/Oct 2023
Prizes: 1st prize £500, 2nd prize £150
Publication: Unknown
Entry Fees: £9 (1) £7 for each additional entry
Critique Offered: No

5. Albury Council Short Story Award
Full Details: https://www.writearoundthemurray.org.au/competitions
Country of Origin: Australia
Open to: Anyone writing in English
Theme: Open
Word Count: to 3,000
Open for submissions: May 2023
Submission Deadline: 25th July 2023
Expected Results Date: 13th Sept 2023
Prizes: 1st prize AUD $1,000, 2nd prize $200 book voucher, 3rd prize $100 book voucher
Publication: Write Around the Murray Website
Entry Fees: AUD $10
Critique Offered: No

6. The Nature Conservancy Australia's Nature Essay Writing Prize
Full Details: https://www.natureaustralia.org.au/get-involved/take-action/nature-writing-prize/
Country of Origin: Australia
Open to: Australian citizens and permanent residents
Theme: 'Writing Place' - explore the author's relationship and interaction with some aspect of the Australian landscape.
Word Count: 3,000 to 5,000
Open for submissions: 1st April 2023
Submission Deadline: 28th July 2023
Expected Results Date: November 2023
Prizes: 1st prize AUD $7,500, runner-up $1,000
Publication: Publication contract may be offered
Entry Fees: AUD $25
Critique Offered: No


7. Shooter Flash Monthly Rolling Flash Fiction Competition
Full Details: https://shooterlitmag.com/shooter-flash/
Country of Origin: UK
Open to: People writing in English
Theme: Open
Word Count: to 1,000
Open for entries: 1st July 2023
Submission Deadline: 31st July 2023
Expected Results Date: 31st August 2023
Prizes: £50 and publication
Publication: Website
Entry Fees: £3.50
Critique Offered: No

8. Short Story Substack - Palisatrium
Full Details: https://shortstory.substack.com/
Country of Origin: USA
Open to: Anybody writing in English
Theme: Open
Word Count: 6 words to 10,000 words
Open for entries: Ongoing
Submission Deadline: 31st July 2023
Expected Results Date: Mid August 2023
Prizes: USD $100 plus 50% subscriptions
Publication: On the website
Entry Fees: No entry fee
Critique Offered: No

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