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14 Writing Competitions for Adults in 2020

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by Gayle Beveridge (subscribe)
Gayle is a retired accountant and a photography enthusiast living on Victoria's beautiful Bass Coast. Gayle is passionate about writing and keen to showcase Aussie culture to a global audience. Gayle loves her family, dogs, sunsets, and chocolate.
Published September 27th 2020
Opportunities for winning writers
Story writing can be a most enjoyable pastime. Perhaps you write for yourself, perhaps for your family, or a local writing group. If you are seeking a wider audience, writing competitions are a good way to achieve that. The following are but fourteen such competitions available between now and the end of 2020. This is by no means an exhaustive list and if you're really keen a Google search will reveal even more.

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Some things to bear in mind when entering the competitions are:

a) Always check the rules on the competition website to ensure both you and your story are eligible to enter. For example most competitions exclude previously published stories and some have regional or age limits.

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

c) Edit your story before entering it. Make sure you check spelling and grammar. 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.

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

e) Read previous winning entries if they are available; they will give some insight into what is sought.

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

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1. Writer's Forum Monthly Short Story Contest
Website: https://writers-forum.com/short-story-contest/
Theme: Open
Word Limits: 1,000 to 3,000
Entry Fee: 6
Prizes: 1st 300, 2nd 150, 3rd 100
Publication: Writers Forum Magazine
Due Date: 15th of each month

2. Furious Fiction
Website: https://www.writerscentre.com.au/furious-fiction/
Theme: Required prompts are advised upon announcement
Word Limits: to 500
Entry Fee: Free
Prizes: AUD $500 (1st prize only)
Publication: Website including runners up and commended
Due Date: 1st Friday of the month plus 55 hours

3. The Best of Times Short Story Competition
Website: https://fawnsw.org.au/the-best-of-times-short-story-competition-spring-2020
Theme: Humour
Word Limits: to 2,500
Entry Fee: AUD $10
Prizes: (Depending on no. of entries) AUD 1st $300 or 2nd $400 3rd $100
Publication: Best of Times Website
Due Date: 30th October 2020

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4. The Port Stephens Literary Award 2020
Website: tilligerry.com/
Theme: Open
Word Limits: to 2,000
Entry Fee: AUD $10 for 1st and $5 thereafter
Prizes: AUD 1st $300, 2nd $150, 3rd $50 and 2 at $25
Publication: Not mentioned
Due Date: 30th October 2020

5. The Larry Brown Short Story Award
Website: https://pitheadchapel.com/larrybrown/
Theme: Open
Word Limits: to 4,000
Entry Fee: USD $10
Prizes: USD 1st $500, 2nd $50, 3rd $50
Publication: January 2021 issue of Pithead Chapel. Non-prize winning honourable mentions may also be published.
Due Date: 31st October 2020

6. The Bedford Competition
Website: https://bedfordwritingcompetition.co.uk/BWC/php/homepage.php
Theme: Open
Word Limits: to 3,000
Entry Fee: 6 for 1, 12 for 3
Prizes: 1st 500, 2nd 150, 3rd 100
Publication: Anthology. Non-prize winning entries may also be included in the anthology.
Due Date: 31st October 2020

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7. The 2020 AHWA Robert N Stephenson Flash Fiction Competition
Website: https://australasianhorror.com/competition/
Theme: Horror
Word Limits: to 1,000
Entry Fee: AUD $5 or free to AHWA members
Prizes: Payment in via Royalties
Publication: Midnight Echo
Due Date: 31st October 2020

8. The 2020 AHWA Robert N Stephenson Short Fiction Competition
Website: https://australasianhorror.com/competition/
Theme: Horror
Word Limits: to 1,001 to 7,500
Entry Fee: AUD $10 or free to AHWA members
Prizes: Payment in via Royalties
Publication: Midnight Echo
Due Date: 31st October 2020

9. The Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2021
Website: www.commonwealthwriters.org/our-projects/the-short-story/
Theme: Open
Word Limits: 2,000 to 5,000
Entry Fee: Free
Prizes: Regional 2,500 Overall 5,000
Publication: Radio Broadcast
Due Date: 1st November 2020

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10. Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize
Website: https://overland.org.au/prizes/overland-neilma-sidney-short-story-prize/
Theme: Open
Word Limits: to 3,000
Entry Fee: AUD $20
Prizes: AUD 1st $5,000 and 2 at $750
Publication: Overland Magazine and Overland Online
Due Date: 16th November 2020

11. WOW (Women on Writing) Quarterly Flash Fiction Competition
Website: www.wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php
Theme: Open
Word Limits: 250 to 750
Entry Fee: USD $10
Prizes: USD 1st $400, 2nd $300, 3rd $200 and Amazon gift vouchers
Publication: WOW website
Due Date: 30th November 2020

12. ServiceScape Short Story Award 2020
Website: https://www.servicescape.com/short-story-award
Theme: Open
Word Limits: to 5,000
Entry Fee: Free
Prizes: USD $1,000
Publication: ServiceScape Blog
Due Date: 30th November 2020

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13. Flash500
Website: www.flash500.com/index_files/flash500rules.htm
Theme: Open
Word Limits: to 500
Entry Fee: 5 for 1 and 8 for 2
Prizes: 1st 300, 2nd 200, 3rd 100
Publication: Flash500 Website
Due Date: 31st December 2020

14. Write Time Over 60's Short Story Award
Restriction: Authors must be 60 years or older
Website: https://writetime.org/competition-rules/
Theme: Open
Word Limits: to 1,500
Entry Fee: 3 for 1 and 5 for 2
Prizes: 1st 50 and 2 at 25
Publication: On the website and in the anthology. Non-prize winning entries may also be included in the anthology.
Due Date: 31st December 2020
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Why? Add enjoyment to your story writing by entering competitions.
When: 1st October to 31st December 2020
Where: At your place
Cost: A couple are free but otherwise entry fees are listed in the article
Your Comment
Hi Gayle,
do you have a similar list for teenage writers? I'm trying to support several very keen writers and finding competitons for them is kind of tricky (esp in 2020).
Kind regards,
Anni
by Goldz (score: 0|8) 116 days ago
I can recommend Fast and Furious
by May Cross (score: 3|7643) 116 days ago
Interesting list of Covid-19 ways to keep occupied.
by Roger (score: 2|683) 119 days ago
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