Short Story Competitions in 2013

In an effort to stay organised I am researching short story competitions in 2013, mainly in the UK but not always, because I want to submit a few pieces.


The Home-Start Bridgwater Short Story Prize 2013

Closing date 21st January 2013

Entry fee of £7 per story (you can submit more than one)

Prizes: 1st £500 2nd £200 third £100

Entries can be made online




Grace Dieu Writers’ Circle Short Story Competition

Closing Date: 28th February 2013

Five prizes to be won. 1st prize of £500

Short story must be a fictional story written in English of up to 2000 words on any subject.


Writers & Artists’ Yearbook 2013 Short Story Competition

Closing date is 15th February 2013


  • cash prize of £500
  • a place on an Arvon Foundation residential writing course
  • publication of your story on the Writers’ & Artists’ website

The short story must be no more than 2,000 words and written on the theme of ‘freedom’


Writer’s Retreat Competition

Provided by West Dean college and Myriad Editions

Closing date 1 February 2013

Prize: An opportunity to write undisturbed for one week at West Dean college with a chance to discuss your work with Myriad’s managing director, Candida Lacey.

“The winning entry can be an extract from any fiction work in progress – a novel or collection of short stories – and is chosen purely on the strength and promise of the writing by a panel of expert judges.”


 MARCH 2013

2013 Exeter Writers Short Story Competition

Closing date is 31 March 2013

Prizes are £500, £250 and £100

Stories need to be 3,000 words or less – no lower word limit. They can be in any genre except for children.Entry fee of £5


 APRIL 2013

Bristol short story prize.

Closing date 30th April 2013 at midnight

First prize £1,000. 20 stories will be published in the Bristol Short Story prize Anthology Volume 6

This is a short story competition open to UK and non-UK based writers.

The 2013 Bristol short story prize can be entered by post or online. The chair of the judging panel is editor and literary consultant Ali Reynolds.



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