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


Wise Writer Short Story Contest
Deadline: 15 June
More details here

Eyelands 9th International Short Story Contest
Deadline: 20 June
More details here

Grindstone International Flash Fiction Prize
Deadline: 28 June
More details here

Moth International Short Story Prize
Deadline: 30 June
More details here

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

Words by Water Short Story Competition
Deadline: 31 July
More details here

The Elyne Mitchell Writing Award
22 August 2019

Manchester Fiction Prize
Deadline: 20 September
More details here

Grindstone International Novel Prize
Deadline: 28 September
More details here

Bedford International Writing Competition
Deadline: 31 October
More details here

Aftermath Short Story Contest
Deadline: 31 November
More details here


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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