Francesca considers deadline reminders and time zones

It’s easy to pick competitions you’d like to enter then forget all about them. I’ve done this a few times myself and it’s frustrating.

Simply writing the closing date in a diary often means you see it too late. Programming it into the calendar on your phone creates the same problem. To get around this I have a plain calendar, one of those with a month to a page and no pictures. I write the dates on this and keep it on my desk in a prominent position. That way I can see the month at a glance and I’m reminded to flick over a page or two to see what’s coming up. It’s good for other deadlines too.

Don’t forget, if you’re entering a competition abroad (eg, Furious Fiction, below), that their closing date/time will be a little different to our own in the UK, so be sure to check and make allowances.

Happy comping, and do let us know of any successes.

Click July 2019 and August 2019 to check competitions detailed in past blog posts that are still open.

 

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Rolling/Frequent Competitions

 

Furious Fiction

Theme: Different brief each first Friday of the month (4 October is next). 500 words max in 55 hours.

Prize: Aus$500

Closing date:  55 hours after opening

Entry: Free

Details

 

Retreat West Monthly Micro Competition

Theme: New prompts posted on the first Monday of each month (7 October’s the next one). 100 words exactly.

Prize: 50% of entry fees plus free entry into the Flash Fiction competition, plus publication on website

Closing date:  A week after to prompt is posted (14 October for the next one)

Entry:  £4

Details

 

NAWG 100 Word Mini-Tale Competition

Theme: Open, 100 words exactly

Prize: £75 / £25

Closing date:  Each round closes after 100 entries

Entry: £3

Details

 

 

October Competitions

 

Dalkey Short Story Prize

Theme: Open, 2,000 words max

Prize: €1,000

Closing date: 6 October 2019

Entry: €15

Details

 

Bath Flash Fiction Award

Theme: Open, 300 words max

Prize: £1,000 / £300 / £100 / 2 x £30

Closing date:  13 October 2019

Entry: £9

Details

 

Barren Flash Fiction Prize

Theme: Open, 1,000 words max

Prize: 40% of entry fees / 30% / 20%. All are published in Barren Magazine

Closing date:  30 October 2019

Entry:

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Craft Flash Fiction Contest

Theme: Open, 1,000 words max

Prize: 3 x $1,000

Closing date:  31 October 2019

Entry: $20 for up to two entries

Details

 

Bedford International Short Story Writing Competition

Theme: Open, 3,000 words max (also poetry)

Prize: £500 / £150 / £100

Closing date:  31 October 2019

Entry: £6

Details

 

Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers Award (Novel)

Theme: Open, including children’s. 20,000 – 25,000 words of work in progress. Unpublished authors only.

Prize: £10,000 / £1,000 for runners up

Closing date:  31 October 2019

Entry: Free

Details

 

A Story for Daniel Flash Fiction Competition

Theme: Joyful, uplifting, 500 words max

Prize: £100 plus publication on website

Closing date:  31 October 2019

Entry: Free

Details

 

 

November Competitions

 

Odyssey House Victoria Short Story Competition

Theme: Family, plus a reference to alcohol or drugs, 1,500 words max

Prize: Aus$1,000 / $100 / $50

Closing date:  2 November 2019

Entry: Aus$10

Details

 

Future Visions Award

Theme: How we see ourselves or the world in the future, 3,500 – 7,000 words (or 10,000 of previously published)

Prize: Aus$500

Closing date:  15 November

Entry: Aus$2

Details

 

Writers’ Digest Short Short Story Competition

Theme: Open, 1,500 words max

Prize: $3,000 / $1,500 / £500 / 7 x £100 plus publication for all

Closing date:  15 November 2019

Entry: $25

Details

 

The Paul Torday Memorial Prize for Debut Novelists over 60

Theme: Debut books, but not ebook only or self published. Submissions must be made by a print publisher

Prize: £1,000

Closing date: 30 Novembr 2019 at 5pm

Entry: Free

Details

 

1,000 Word Challenge

Theme: Strangers

Prize: £150 / £75 / £50

Closing date:  30 November 2019

Entry: £5

Details

 

NAWG Open Writing Competition

Theme: Open, 500 – 2,000 words (also poetry)

Prize: £200 / £100 / £50

Closing date:  30 November 2019

Entry: £5

Details

 

 

December Competitions

 

Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition

Theme: Open, 1,000 words max

Prize: £1,000 plus commission to write four more

Closing date:  2 December 2019

Entry: £15

Details

 

Chorley and District Writers’ Circle Short Story Competition

Theme: ‘On the edge’, 2,500 words max

Prize: £100 / £50 / 3 x £20

Closing date:  15 December 2019

Entry: £6

Details

 

Retreat West Themed Flash Fiction Competition

Theme:  Earth, 500 words max

Prize: £200 / 2 x £100

Closing date:  29 December 2019

Entry: £8

Details

 

Flash 500 Flash Fiction Competition

Theme: Open

Prize: £300 / £200 / £100

Closing date:  31 December 2019

Entry: £5

Details

 

Boulevard Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers

Theme: Open, 8,000 words max

Prize: $1,500 plus publication (All entries will be considered for publication and for payment at the usual rates)

Closing date:  31 December 2019

Entry: $16

Details

 

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Francesca Capaldi Burgess has been placed or shortlisted in a number of competitions including Winchester Writers’ Conference, Twyford Writers, Chorley & District Writer’s Circle, Retreat West, Cordelia.net, Meridian Writing, Flash a Famous Phrase, Wells Festival, Writing Magazine and The People’s Friend serial competition. She’s had stories and a serial published in magazines worldwide. Her next book, That’s Amore , will be published by People’s Friend Pocket Novels on 31st October. Apart from the RNA, she’s also a member of the Society for Women Writers and Journalists. Francesca runs a writing blog along with RNA member Elaine Roberts called Write Minds.

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