1000 word challenge

Deadline:            The next one closes on the 30th of November 2015.

Theme:                Fresh

Submission:       Submit short stories of up to 1000 words.

Entry Fee:           £5

Prizes:                 £100, £50, £25. The winning stories will also be published on their website.

More Info:          Visit their website for further information.

The Fish Short Story

Deadline:            30th November 2015

Theme:                Any subject.

Submission:       short stories of up to 5,000 words on

Entry Fee:           20 euro for the first entry, 10 euro for each subsequent entry.


  • 1st prize is 3,000 euros, 1,000 of which is for travel expenses to the anthology launch.
  • Second prize is a week at the Anam Cara Writers & Artists’ Retreat in Cork with 300 euros travel expenses.
  • Third prize is 300 euros.
  • Ten stories will be published in the 2016 Fish Anthology and the authors will receive five free copies and an invitation to read at the launch during the West Cork Literary Festival in July.

More Info:          More here.

The Times Chicken House Children’s Fiction competition

Deadline:            18th December 2015

Theme:                Children’s Fiction

Submission:       Submit a novel 30k to 80k words aimed at young readers between 7 and 18

Entry Fee:          

Prizes:                 £10k, agency representation and publication by Chicken House

More Info:          Full details here.

The Benjamin Franklin House Literary

Deadline:            31st October 2015

Theme:                For Young writers between 18 and 25

Submission:       Submit 1000 – 1500 words, fiction or non-fiction

Entry Fee:           Free

Prizes:                 Prizes: £750, £500. The winners will be published on The Telegraph website.

More Info:          Morehere.