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30 April 2014
2014 Bristol Short Story Prize
2014 Bristol Short Story Prize is open to all published and unpublished writers, UK and non-UK based, over 16 years of age.
Stories can be on any theme or subject and
entry can be made online via the website or by
post. Entries must be previously unpublished
with a maximum length of 4,000 words (There is no minimum). The entry fee is £8 per story.

1st £1000 plus £150 Waterstone’s gift card
2nd £700 plus £100 Waterstone’s gift card
3rd £400 plus £100 Waterstone’s gift card
17 further prizes of £100 will be presented to the writers
whose stories appear on the shortlist. All 20 shortlisted
writers will have their stories published in the Bristol Short
Story Prize Anthology Volume 7.

The 20 shortlisted writers will be invited to an awards ceremony
in Bristol in October 2014 when the winners will be announced and the anthology launched.

Judging panel :
Sara Davies (writer, former Radio 4 producer) Rowan Lawton (literary agent at Furniss Lawton),
Sanjida O’Connell (writer and TV presenter) and Nikesh Shukla (author, performer and journalist)
30 April 2014
Charlotte Duncan Award for children’s writing 2014
Celapene Press invites entries for the Charlotte Duncan Award for a short story for young readers aged 9-12 years.  This award has been established in the memory of Charlotte Duncan to raise funds for the neo-natal unit at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital.  Entry fee: $9.90 per story.  1st prize - $75, 2nd prize - $50, 3rd prize - $25.  Winning and commended entries will be published on the Celapene Press website. 
1 May 2014
2014 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize
This is an great opportunity for new and established writers. The Prize is for an original single-authored short story of between 2000 and 5000 words, written in English. In the past this competition has only been open to Australian citizens and permanent residents, however this year they decided to open the Prize so that all writers, not just Australians, are eligible to enter.
1 May 2014
Creative Kids Tales Competition  - 'The Key'
We are excited to launch our first competition for 2014 - The Key.
Your submission should be no more than 1000 words and should be a suitable story for between 5-12 years. It should have the word ‘key’ worked into the story in some way.
1 May 2014
Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition 2014
18 May 2014
19 May 2014
Written Portraits
Australian High School students, between the ages of 13 and 18 will be asked to write a short story between 800 and 1200 words that encompasses the 2014 theme People, Places and Things that Inspire Me. The storyteller can be as expressive, creative and imaginative as they like capturing; an object, a person, a fictional character, or whatever this theme resonates with them just as long as it includes an issue that is important to them as a young person living in Australia. Entrants may wish to seek assistance from teachers, parents, guardians, or someone with a keen eye for detail.
31 May 2014
The 2014 SWR Short Story Competition
Stories should be limited to 2500 words and must be single-authored. Entries are accepted online only, as Word Documents or PDF files.
30 June 2014
2014 Cowley Literary Award
Comprising two sections, fiction and non-fiction, the Cowley Literary Award will have no subject theme. It is for writers to decide their subject. Your ideas. Your sources. We just want quality stories.
  • 2014 CLA is open for entry.
  • Stories to be a maximum of 1,000 words.
  • Sections for Fiction and Non-Fiction.
  • Entry fee $25 per story.
  • Best Story increased to $5,000 AUD - Runner Up $1,000AUD.
  • 36 Finalists - 6 selected monthly (3 from each section) over 6 months.
  • 1st Finalists selected at the end of January 2014 
1 August 2014 2014 Ipswich Poetry Feast
International Poetry Writing Competition Enter to share in $7500 in cash and prizes! School age categories: 5-7yrs, 8-10yrs, 11-13yrs, 14-15yrs, 16-17yrs Open age categories: Bush Poetry, Other Poetry, Local Poets All genres. No word limit.
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