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The Cambridge Flash Fiction and Short Story Prize: is open internationally, anyone can participate. The word length for Flash Fiction is 400 and for Short Story is 2500.

The submission period is from 15th February 2021 – 14th May 2021 (ends midnight, UK time). Entry Fees are as follows: 15th February – 14th March £7.50; 15th March – 14th April £8.50, 15th April – 14th May £9.50.

The winning prizes are £1000 (1st), £300 (2nd), £200 (3rd), and all remaining shortlisted will be awarded £50. All shortlisted and winning writers will be published online across 2021.


The Ernest Hemingway Flash Fiction Prize is offered by Fiction Southeast. Entries should be approximately 1500 words or less. Submissions should be unpublished. Deadline: March 31st, 2021. There is an entry fee of $10. All entries will be considered for publication in Fiction Southeast.

First prize is $200 and publication in Fiction Southeast. Finalists will be offered publication in Fiction Southeast


Smokelong Grand Micro Competition:

From March 1 to May 16, 2021, the SmokeLong editors will be considering work for inclusion in their June double issue. Word length must be 400 words or fewer and only unpublished work will be considered. Fiction, non-fiction, and hybrid narratives are considered.

The first place wins $1500; second place $500; third place $300; finalists $100. All winners and finalists will be published in the June issue SmokeLong Quarterly.

There is an entry fee of $6 for a single submission, $10 for two, $16 for four.


The Bridport prize (U K):

This competition has been previously mentioned but it’s worth a reminder. This yearly competition has been around since 1973. The Bridport Prize attracts many thousands of entries from across the world each year. It is a widely respected creative writing competition. It has four categories Novel, short story, flash fiction, poetry. Deadline May 31, 2021 (midnight UK time).

For poetry (up to 40 lines): first prize is £5,000 (entry fee: £10)

For short story (word length 5000 or less): first prize is £5000 (entry fee:£12).

For flash fiction (word length 250 or less): first prize is £1000 (entry fee £9)

For Novel Award (the first 8000 words and synopsis): first prize is £1500, a year mentoring from The Literary Consultancy through their Chapter & Verse scheme (worth £2,640), and a detailed critique from the novel judge (entry fee: £20).


Flash Fiction Magazine Editor’s Choice Award

During the first quarter of each year, the editors will vote on their favorite story of the previous year. The award is $1000. Word length must be between 300–1000 words. 

They pay $40 for stories selected to be in Flash Fiction Magazine anthologies.


Cinnamon Literature Award:
Annual competition open to all writers (new and established). You can submit poetry, short stories, or a novel (first 10,000 words). The winner will have their book published by Cinnamon Press. Opens for entries in late spring 2021.

Entry Fee: £16

Deadline: TBC— check website for full submission details and rules.



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