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TypeStatusDeadline DateDL MonthCompetition NameMin WordMax WordThemeEntry Fee 1Entry Fee 2Prize 1Prize 2Prize 3Comments
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Flash Fiction
Confirmed01/01/202001.JanStories of TNOC Prize0750City in a Wild GardenFreeN/A$2,000$1,000$1,0003x further prizes of $500
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Short StoryConfirmed05/01/202001.JanFaversham Short Story Competition02000N/A£5£10£200£100N/A
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Novella-in-Flash
Confirmed12/01/202001.JanBath Novella-in-Flash Award600018000N/A£16£32£300£100£100
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Short StoryConfirmed13/01/202001.JanMogford Short Story Prize02500Food and Drink£10£20£10,000£250£250£250 for three runner up stories
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Flash Fiction
Confirmed15/01/202001.JanLunate 500 Flash Fiction Competition0500First£2£4£40£30£20
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Short StoryConfirmed15/01/202001.JanWriters Online Historical Fiction Competition15001700Historical£6£12£200£50N/A
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Short StoryConfirmed15/01/202001.JanWriters Online Open Short Story Competition15001700N/A£6£12£200£50N/A
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PoetryConfirmed18/01/202001.Jan
Edward Thomas Fellowship Poetry Competition
040 linesN/A£3£6£150£50£50
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Short StoryConfirmed19/01/202001.JanThe Stringybark Short Story Competition01500Link to Australia$14 AUS$26 AUS
$350 AUS
$250 AUS
$125 AUS
Additional goodies as part of prize bundles
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Flash Fiction
Confirmed24/01/202001.JanMum Life Microfiction Writing Competition0500GrandmotherFreeN/A$50 AUD$20 AUD$20 AUD
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NovelConfirmed26/01/202001.JanRetreat West First Chapter Competition03500N/A£10£20Winner + shortlisted get submission package review
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Short StoryConfirmed27/01/202001.JanThe Fresher Writing Prize03000Unknown£7£14£200N/AN/A
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Short StoryConfirmed30/01/202001.JanThomas Wolfe Fiction Prize03000N/A$25$50$1,000N/AN/A
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Short StoryConfirmed31/01/201001.Jan
The Masters Review Winter Short Story Competition
06000N/A$20$40$3,000$300$200
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Short StoryConfirmed31/01/202001.JanArts Quarter Books Short Story Prize04000N/A£12£24£750£250N/A
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Flash Fiction
Confirmed31/01/202001.JanBeacon Lit 500 Word Competition0500Sweet & Sour£3£6£75£50£25
Prize is overall for the year (i.e. the top entries from all monthly prompts) and includes additional critique package
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Flash Fiction
Confirmed31/01/202001.JanBiffy 50 Microfiction Competition0
100 (inc title!)
BeginningsFreeN/A£75N/AN/AThree highly commended also offered publication
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Short StoryConfirmed31/01/202001.JanCranked Anvil Short Story Competition01500N/A£5£8£150£75£30
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Short StoryConfirmed31/01/202001.JanCrazyhorse Prizes - Fiction025 pagesN/A$20$40$2,000N/AN/AEntry fee includes subscription to CrazyHorse
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Memoir / CNF
Confirmed31/01/202001.JanCrazyhorse Prizes - Non Fiction025 pagesN/A$20$40$2,000N/AN/AEntry fee includes subscription to CrazyHorse
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PoetryConfirmed31/01/202001.JanCrazyhorse Prizes - Poetry1 poem3 poemsN/A$20$40$2,000N/AN/AEntry fee includes subscription to CrazyHorse
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Short StoryConfirmed31/01/202001.JanCuirt New Writing Prize02000N/A10 euros20 euros
500 euros
N/AN/A
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Short StoryConfirmed31/01/202001.JanDreamers Magazine Writing Contest154000
Migration, Sense of Place, Home
$20$40$250$20$20Entry includes year subscription to magazine
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Memoir / CNF
Confirmed31/01/202001.JanFish Publishing Short Memoir Prize04000N/A17 euros28 euros
1000 euros
300 euros
200 euros
2nd prize includes retreat in Spain; top 10 entries published in anthology
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PoetryConfirmed31/01/202001.JanInto the Void Poetry Prize060 linesN/A$6 CAD$12 CAD
$500 CAD
$100 CAD
$50 CAD
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Short StoryConfirmed31/01/202001.JanLamar York Prize06000N/A$18N/A$1,000N/AN/A
Entry fee includes a one-year subscription to The Chattahoochee Review
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EssayConfirmed31/01/202001.JanLamar York Prize06000N/A$18N/A$1,000N/AN/A
Entry fee includes a one-year subscription to The Chattahoochee Review
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Flash Fiction
Confirmed31/01/202001.Jan
Lancashire Author's Association FF Competition
100100N/A£2£4£150N/AN/A
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Short StoryConfirmed31/01/202001.JanNew Millennium Writing Award - Fiction07499N/A$20$35$1,000N/AN/A
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Flash Fiction
Confirmed31/01/202001.JanNew Millennium Writing Award - Flash Fiction01000N/A$20$35$1,000N/AN/A
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Memoir / CNF
Confirmed31/01/202001.JanNew Millennium Writing Award - Non Fiction07499N/A$20$35$1,000N/AN/A
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PoetryConfirmed31/01/202001.JanNew Millennium Writing Award - Poetry05 pagesN/A$20$35$1,000N/AN/A
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Short StoryConfirmed31/01/202001.JanPlymouth Writers Group Competition10001500N/A£5£10£250£100N/A
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Short StoryConfirmed31/01/202001.JanStorgy Short Story Competition08000Annihilation Radiation£10£20£500£100£50Topic - before, during, after to be given after entering
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Short StoryConfirmed31/01/202001.Jan
The Gollancz and Rivers of London BAME SFF Award
500010000SFFFreeN/A£4000£2000£800
For UK residents only who identify as black, asian or other minority. £800 for five runners-up; top two prizes include full critique of work
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PoetryConfirmed31/01/202001.Jan
The Kent and Sussex Poetry Society Open Competition
040 linesN/A£5£10£1000£300£1004 additional prizes of £50
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Short StoryConfirmed31/01/202001.JanThe London Magazine Short Story Prize02500N/A£10£15£500£300£200
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Memoir / CNF
Confirmed31/01/202001.JanThe Page Prize in Non Fiction01000N/A$10$20$1,000N/AN/A
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PoetryConfirmed31/01/202001.JanThe Plough International Poetry Prize040 linesN/A£5£10£1000£500£250
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Flash Fiction
Confirmed31/01/202001.JanThe Screw Turn Flash Fiction Competition2501000
Paranormal / supernatural
$10$20$500$100$100
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Memoir / CNF
Confirmed31/01/202001.JanWomen on Writing Creative Essay Contest2001000N/A$12$24$500$300$200Also prizes for runners-up and honourable mentions
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Memoir / CNF
Confirmed01/02/202002.Feb
Cutbank Montana Prize for Creative Nonfiction
035 pagesN/A$20N/A$500N/AN/AEntry fee includes subscription to magazine
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Short StoryConfirmed01/02/202002.FebCutbank Montana Prize for Fiction035 pagesN/A$20N/A$500N/AN/AEntry fee includes subscription to magazine
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PoetryConfirmed01/02/202002.FebCutbank Patrician Goedicke Prize for Poetry05 poemsN/A$20N/A$500N/AN/AEntry fee includes subscription to magazine
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Short StoryConfirmed01/02/202002.FebThe Breakwater Fiction Contest10005000N/A$10$20$1,000N/AN/AWinner and finalists published in Breakwater
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Short StoryConfirmed03/02/202002.FebNewcastle Short Story Award02000N/A$16.50 AUS$33.00 AUS
$3000 AUS
$1700 AUS
$1000 AUS
Also $500 and $300 highly commended prizes
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Memoir / CNF
Confirmed03/02/202002.FebSpread the Word Life Writing Prize05000N/AFreeN/A£1500£500£500Prize also includes mentorship and courses
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Short StoryConfirmed08/02/202002.FebChiplit Fest Short Story Competition05000N/A£8£16£500£100£50Entry fee depends on word count
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Flash Fiction
Confirmed09/02/202002.FebLondon Independent Story Prize0300N/A£7£14£100N/AN/A
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Short StoryConfirmed09/02/202002.FebLondon Independent Story Prize01500N/A£10£20£100N/AN/A
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Flash Fiction
Confirmed10/02/202002.FebMolotov Cocktail Flash Frenzy Contest01000Frenzy$7$14 (?)$250$125$75
4th - 10th = publication & free copy. Dark/offbeat tales re s/thing unleashed, unhinged or untethered. 750 words or fewer recommended.
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Flash Fiction
Confirmed10/02/202002.Feb
Strands International Flash Fiction Competition
3001000N/A$5$5$100$50$25Can send two stories for $5 entry fee
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Flash Fiction
Confirmed15/02/202002.FebBumblebee Flash Fiction Contest0750N/A$15$30$300N/AN/AEarly bird discount available
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Flash Fiction
Confirmed15/02/202002.Feb
National Flash Fiction Day Microfiction Competition
0100N/A£2£3.75£100£50£25
£5.25 for 3 entries. SL stories also printed in anthology with free copy. Free entries available for marginalised/disadvantaged writers.
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Short StoryConfirmed15/02/202002.FebWilliam Van Dyke Short Story Prize05500N/A$20$40$1,500$300N/AEntry also purchases PDF copy of prize issue
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Short StoryConfirmed15/02/202002.Feb
Writers Online Dialogue Only Short Story Competition
15001700Dialogue Only£6£12£200£50N/A
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Flash Fiction
Confirmed16/02/202002.FebBath Flash Fiction Award0300N/A£9£15£1,000£300£100Early bird entry fee discount
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Short StoryConfirmed27/02/202002.FebThe White Review Short Story Prize20007000N/A£15N/A£2,500N/AN/AUK writers only
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Flash Fiction
Confirmed28/02/202002.FebBeacon Lit 500 Word Competition0500Fourteen Again£3£6£75£50£25
Prize is overall for the year (i.e. the top entries from all monthly prompts) and includes additional critique package
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Short StoryConfirmed28/02/202002.FebBryan MacMahon Short Story Award03000N/A10 euros20 euros
2000 euros
N/AN/A
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Short StoryConfirmed28/02/202002.FebExeter Writers Short Story Competition03000N/A£7£14£700£250£100£100 Prize for best Devon writer
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Flash Fiction
Confirmed28/02/202002.FebFish Publishing Flash Fiction Prize0300N/A14 euros22 euros
1000 euros
300 euros
Free course
Top 10 stories published in anthology
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EssayConfirmed28/02/202002.Feb
Listowel Writers Week Originals Humorous Essay
0750N/A10 euros20 euros
750 euros
N/AN/A
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Short StoryConfirmed28/02/202002.FebScottish Arts Trust Story Awards02000N/A£10£20£1,000£500£250£500 for unpublished Scottish author
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Short StoryConfirmed29/02/202002.FebCWA Short Story Competition03500Mystery/Crime£12£24£500N/AN/A
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Short StoryConfirmed29/02/202002.FebFiction Factory Short Story Competition03000N/A£6£12£150£50£25
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Short StoryConfirmed29/02/202002.FebFlash 500 Short Story Competition10003000N/A£7£12£500£200£100
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Flash Fiction
Confirmed29/02/202002.FebIt's a Book Life Flash Fiction Competition0700Leap of Faith£2£4£40N/AN/A
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Short StoryConfirmed29/02/202002.Feb
Michael Terence Winter Short Story Competition
03000N/A£5£10£400£300£200
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Flash Fiction
Confirmed29/02/202002.FebQuantum Shorts Competition01000
"things used to be so simple"
FreeFree$1,500N/AN/A
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Flash Fiction
Confirmed29/02/202002.FebReflex Fiction Flash Spring 2020180360N/A£7£14£1,000£500£250Now choose your own entry fee
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PoetryConfirmed29/02/202002.FebWild Poem Competition070 linesWild!£4£8£200£75£25
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Flash Fiction
Confirmed29/02/202002.FebWomen on Writing Flash Fiction Contest250750N/A$10$20$400$300$200Also prizes for runners-up and honourable mentions
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Short StoryConfirmed01/03/202003.MarBridgend Writers Open Writing Competition15001800N/A£5£7.50£100£50£30
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PoetryConfirmed01/03/202003.MarRandall Jarrell Poetry Competition0 40 linesN/A$15$30$200N/AN/A
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EssayConfirmed01/03/202003.MarThe Fountain Essay Contest15002500Facing ChallengesFreeN/A$1,000$500$3002x $150 for honourable mentions
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Flash Fiction
Confirmed04/03/202003.MarMum Life Microfiction Writing Competition0500Single Mother$2 AUD$4 AUD$50 AUD$20 AUD$20 AUDOpens 24/2.
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Flash Fiction
Confirmed05/03/202003.Mar
Berkeley Fiction Review Sudden Fiction Contest
01000N/A$4$8$150$100$50
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Short StoryConfirmed06/03/202003.MarOn the Premises MORE THAN ONE Contest10005000More Than OneFreeN/A$220$160$120$60 for Honourable Mentions
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PoetryConfirmed07/03/202003.MarThe Enfield Poets' Poetry Competition050 linesN/A£4£8£500£250£100
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Short StoryConfirmed09/03/202003.MarBBC National Short Story Award08000N/AFreeN/A£15,000£600£600£600 for all shortlisted authors
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NovelConfirmed13/03/202003.Mar
Grazia and Women's Prize First Chapter Competition
8001000
Complete chapter from opening para
FreeN/A
Publication
Publication
Publication
1st place published in Grazia and gets a year's mentoring
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Short StoryConfirmed13/03/202003.MarHarper's Bazaar Short Story Competition02200SummerFreeN/A
Hotel stay
N/AN/APrize is two-night stay for two at Grantley Hall in Yorkshire
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Short StoryConfirmed14/03/202003.MarThe Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction250012500N/A$15$30$2,000N/AN/A
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Flash Fiction
Confirmed15/03/202003.MarCambridge Prize for Flash Fiction0400N/A£8/£9£16/£18£1000£300£200Early bird deadline 14th Feb. All shortlisted awarded £50
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Short StoryConfirmed15/03/202003.MarDesperate Literature Prize for Short Fiction02000N/A20 euros30 euros
1000 euros
500 euros
500 euros
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Short StoryConfirmed15/03/202003.MarThe Pinch Literary Awards - Fiction05000N/A$20$40$2,000N/AN/A
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PoetryConfirmed15/03/202003.MarThe Pinch Literary Awards - Poetry03 poemsN/A$20$40$2,000N/AN/A
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Short StoryConfirmed15/03/202003.Mar
Writers Online Odd Couple Short Story Competition
15001700An odd couple£6£12£200£50N/A
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Short StoryConfirmed16/03/202003.MarFowey Festival Short Story Competition01500Not After Midnight£5N/A£100£75N/A
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PoetryConfirmed19/03/202003.MarThe Lascaux Prize in PoetryN/AN/AN/A$15$30$1,000N/AN/A
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Short StoryConfirmed20/03/202003.MarEvesham Short Story Competition02500N/A£5£10£150£50£30
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Flash Fiction
Confirmed21/03/202003.MarGreen Stories Flash Fiction Competition0500Sustainable SocietyFreeN/A£500£100£50
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Flash Fiction
Confirmed29/03/202003.MarLimnisa Short Story Competition01000N/AFreeN/ARetreatSecond and third prize winners offered discount of retreat
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Flash Fiction
Confirmed29/03/202003.MarRetreat West Themed Flash Competition0500Abandoned£8£16£200£100£100
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Flash Fiction
Confirmed29/03/202003.MarThe Arcanist Western Flash Contest01000
Westerns (speculative only)
$5/$7/$10$5/$7/$10$200$100$75
Early fee to 7 Feb/standard to 20 Mar/late to 29 Mar. Free to Patrons.
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Flash Fiction
Confirmed31/03/202003.MarAn Axe to Grind Flash Fiction Contest01000N/A$5 CAD$10 CAD
$200 CAD
$100 CAD
$50 CADPrize pool increases with number of entries
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Flash Fiction
Confirmed31/03/202003.MarBeacon Lit 500 Word Competition0500The Spring£3£6£75£50£25
Prize is overall for the year (i.e. the top entries from all monthly prompts) and includes additional critique package
100
Short StoryConfirmed31/03/202003.MarBethlehem Writers Short Story Award02000Animals$10$20$200$100$50
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