You know this.
You don’t really need me to list them (though Gayle Beveridge has a great list on her blog here) BUT sometimes I like to ‘highlight’ a couple that are coming up soon and that you might like to know about – or to be reminded of.
23rd March (Deadline just been extended by a week!): Mslexia Short Story Competition
Sorry guys, but this one’s for the LAY-DEEZ only, so you have to be female to enter but you don’t have to subscribe to the magazine and you can live anywhere in the world – oh, and of course, be prepared to cough up the entry fee which is a little on the hefty side at £10.
BUT the prizes are good so I think it’s worth a shot, if you’ve got a story you’re pleased with (up to 2,200 words and on any theme). More details on the site and there are some interesting short story workshop exercises on the site too if you’re looking for inspiration – and regardless of whether you want to enter the competition.
28th March: AsparaWritingFestival Short Story Competition
The closing date for this one has just been extended to 28th March (sshh, between you and me that probably means they haven’t had enough entries) but at £10 for a £100 first prize, I can sort of understand why.. Anyway, if you fancy a go at this one and you’ve got (wait for it) “an unpublished short story of no more than 6,000 words, written in English, a mystery set in the Heart of England, with a hint of Simon de Montfort” (and let’s face it, we’ve all got one of those tucked away in a drawer somewhere, right?) then it might be worth a punt!
31st March: Prima/Mills & Boon Competition
Great opportunity if you have a story idea that would suit Mills & Boon! See the website for more details.
30 April: Momaya Press Short Story Competition
Stories from anywhere, no more than 3000 words long and the entry fee is £8.
You may submit stories that have been published before, as long as you still hold the copyright. Any subject or style is welcome but the theme for this year’s competition is ‘treasure‘ so make sure that features in your story in some way.
Helen M Walters, who writes the ‘Comp Calendar’ in Writers’ Forum is a big fan of this competition because it ‘was instrumental in giving me a start in my writing career’. The organisers hold an awards ceremony for the winners and produce an anthology. I happen to have a half-written story on the theme of Treasure, so I’m definitely going to have a go at this one!
A while ago I told you about the Ann Summers erotica short story competition. I wimped out and didn’t enter but one of my blog followers took the plunge (!) and was one of the runners-up! Well done to Catelyn Cash! (Hmm, not sure if that’s his/her real name but it’s a good one!)
If you want to read the winner and two runners-up (I suggest you have the cold shower at the ready), then here they are!
Even longer ago, I told you about the RAC’s short story competition, which had to be set on a ‘road trip’ in Europe. They’ve announced their winners and the winning stories are here, if you want to have a look.
If you’re interested in writing for the Womag (women’s magazine) market and you follow the ‘womagwriter‘ blog, there’s news: Kath McGurl, founder of the very successful website, has handed over the reins to Patsy Collins, while she concentrates on her novels.
Patsy, who also has her own blog here, has hit the ground running with her first post which points out that Best magazine are now accepting submissions… have a look at the blog for more details and I’m sure you’ll join me in wishing Patsy all the best (excuse the pun) in her new venture!