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August, September and October 2021 Short Story Competitions

Updated: Aug 16, 2021

You can make anything by writing. C.S. Lewis

A happy-winter-is-nearly-over greeting to you if you are in the southern hemisphere or enjoy-the-warmer-days hello if you are in the northern hemisphere.

Have you been hibernating during the winter months, thinking about fantastic story ideas? Or have you spent the summer break enjoying new experiences, going to new places or meeting new people?

Or has our COVID world forced you to remain at home, in lockdown, and your imagination has ignited. Here in Australia, a lot of us are living a life in lockdown. In Brisbane, where I live, we have just come out of a successful snap lockdown. Unfortunately, fellow Australians in New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory are still in lockdown.

I send my good wishes out to all people across the globe who have been affected by the pandemic.

I know that escaping into stories has been helpful—as a reader and a writer. Hopefully, you might find some inspiration for your writing in the following competitions.

Below is a curated list of competitions. I go in and check to see if they are running at the time of writing this article. Please do check the websites to ensure the competition is still running and current, and to check all details about the competition.

Good luck and happy writing. Stay safe all.

I found this competition has had a deadline change. As it is in August I have added it here:


Val Wood Prize: 2000 words

Deadline: 28 August:

Entry: Free

Prize: £100 plus shared on various social media

Aesthetica Creative Writing: up to 2000 words

Deadline: 31 August

Entry: £18

Prize: £2500

Exeter Story Prize: up to 5000 words

Deadline: 31 August

Entry: £12

Prize: £500, £150, £100

Scarlet Stilleto Awards: 5000 words

Deadline: 31 August:

Entry: $25 ($20 Members)

Prize: $1500; $1000; $600. (There are a number of prizes in this competition)


Southhampton Review Short Fiction Prize: up to 7500 words. Flash Fiction welcomed: Deadline: 1 September:

Entry: $5

Prize: $1500, $300, $200

Stringybark Short Stories:

At the time of writing there short story is closed but will open soon

Surrey International Writing Conference: 2500 - 4000 words

Deadline: 17 September

Entry: $15

Prize: $1000

Mslexia Women’s Fiction Awards: up to 3000 words

Deadline: 20 September

Entry: £12

Prize: £3000

Dzanc Prizes: This ones for a short story anthology

Deadline: 30 September

Entry: $25

Prize: $2500 and publication

Hammond House International Literary prize: 1000 to 5000 words

Deadline: 30 September:

Entry: £10

Prize: £1000; £100; £50

Overcome Writing Competition: up to 2000 words - Theme: Connected

Deadline: 5pm 30 September

Entry: £5

Prize: £250


Galley Begger Press Short Story: up to 6000 words

Deadline: 10 October:

Entry: £10

Prize: £2500 short list £200

The Raven Short Story Contest: 250 to 2500 words

Deadline: 15 October

Entry: $20 (Early bird: $15)

Prize: $300

More information:

Scribble Annual Short Story Competition: 2000 words

Deadline: 15 October

Entry: $12

Prize: $200 plus publication in November edition

More information:

The Larry Brown Short Story Award: up to 4000 words

Deadline: 31 October

Entry: $10US

Prize: $500US; $50US

I thought I would throw in ...


Briar Cliff Review Contest: up to 5000 words

Deadline: 1 November

Entry: $20

Prize: $1000

Retreat West Short Story Competition: 1500 to 5000 words

Deadline: 1 November

Entry: Free

Prize: £400, £250, £150

The Commonwealth Short Story Prize: 2000 to 5000 words

Deadline: 1 November

Entry: Free

Prize: £5000; Regional winners: £2500

John Steinbeck Award for Fiction: up to 5000 words:

Deadline: 1 November

Entry: $20

Prize: $1000

This one is open for 2022 ...

The ALSC Tom-Gallon Trust Award: upt to 5000 words

Deadline: 2022. There is an email link you can enquire. No deadline was noted to date.

Entry: £1000

Good luck everyone. Please let me know if you have entered any of the competitions, especially if you placed or got a notable mention. We would love to celebrate your success with you.

See you in October for the next round of Competitions.

Happy Writing,

Valerie 🌼

Image courtesy of Marta Putsylo

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Aug 22, 2021

Thank you for sharing.

Valerie G Miller
Valerie G Miller
Aug 22, 2021
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You are most welcome 🌸

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