Writing Competitions and Events

If you are looking to take your writing to the next level, then entering a writing competition can provide that extra impetus to refine your work.

Below is by no means a full list of competitions. Some writing competitions require an entry fee. This seems to be becoming the norm and there are credible competitions that require an entry fee. Always check that you are comfortable with sending money to the organizers.

Please contact the competition organizers directly if you have any queries. NZ Writers College cannot be held responsible for the conduct of any third party competitions or events.

NZ Writers College offers a free-to-enter short story competition every year with cash prizes for the winners. We do this to support emerging writers and provide a platform for the genre.

Read the winning entries over the past ten years. The deadline is 30 September each year, and the competition opens for entries in July.


Entries by Deadline


Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize
Deadline: 1 March
More details here

The 2019 Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction
Deadline: 14 March
More details here

EYELANDS 2nd International Flash Fiction Contest
Deadline: 20 March
More details here

International Rubery Book Award
Deadline: 31 March
More details here

Takahe Short Story Competition
31 March 2019

Wergle Flomp Humour Poetry Contest
Deadline: 1 April
More details here

Page & Blackmore in association with Top of the South Branch, NZSA National Short Story Competition 2019
1 April 2019

F(r)iction‘s Spring 2019 Literary Contests
Deadline: 5 April
More details here

Bristol Short Story Prize
Deadline: 1 May
More details here

Writers Digest Annual Writing Competition
Deadline: 6 May
More details here

To Hull and Back Humorous Short Story Competition
Deadline: 31 July
More details here

The Elyne Mitchell Writing Award
22 August 2019

Regular Entries

My Writing Journey competition | The Writers' College Times

FABO Short Story Competition - For children ages 13 and under

Accepting non-fiction and memoir submissions all year round | Byte Stories

Cooldog Short Story Competition


Apostrophe Books | Fiction Fast Track

Inkitt maintains an excellent website documenting lots of international writing competitions


Monthly Entry

Dark Tales Short Story Competition

The Global Short Story Competition


Weekly Entries

The Telegraph Travel Writing Competition

Fish Flash Fiction, Poetry & Short Memoir Contests


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