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Short story competitions 2007


Short story competitions

There are no less than three short story competitions to enter this week:


National Short Story Prize

The world’s largest award for a story, The National Short Story Prize, is open to writers who are British nationals or UK residents and who have previously been published. The winner will receive £15,000, with other cash sums on offer to runners-up. The shortlist of 5 stories will also be broadcast on BBC Radio 4, with the winner and first runner-up also being published and distributed by Prospect magazine.

Submissions should be as yet unpublished or alternatively published/broadcast in 2006.

The closing date is October 2006.

For more information go to:

Momaya Short Story Competition

This competition is open to any writer writing in English. The winner receives a $200 (£130 prize) and the winner and runners-up will also be published in the Momaya Annual Review 2007. Stories should be up to 2,500 words long and on any subject, although entrants are encouraged to consider this year’s theme of ‘Transformation’.

Stories must not have been previously published, and the cost of submitting each is £6.

The closing date is 1 May 2007, so you have plenty of time to write the perfect story.

Visit to find out more.

Blinking Eye Publishing

This publisher has just launched its first short story competition, which will be judged by author Hilary Mantel. It is open to anyone aged 50 or over and entries can be on any subject and in any genre (except children’s stories). The maximum word-count is 5,000, though you can submit a number of stories, if you like. The overall winner will have a collection of their short stories published by Blinking Eye, and will receive 100 copies of the book.

Download an entry form from

The closing date is 7 February 2007.