Short Story Competitions: Summer 2017


Summer is here. I’ve got salty palm prints on my laptop to prove it. Given I live in Scotland, it’s probably only due to last a few days, thank goodness.

Sunshine might make it harder to discipline myself towards writing, but it doesn’t remove the impetus all together! Here are three short story competitions I’m writing for this summer.

RSPH : Health, from here to where?

Deadline: 11th June 2017. Entrance Fee: Free

As someone who suffers from cystic fibrosis, health plays an influential part in a lot of my writing. I’m both a proud supporter of the fantastic healthcare system we have in the UK, and also a slightly shame-faced receiver of a good deal of its care. So a short story competition that blends my love of sci-fi and future fiction and my love(need?) of healthcare is an easy choice. Imagine what the future health impacts of society might be in our dystopian future? It hardly seems that far away these days.


Comma Press and UCLM Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction

Deadline: 31st October. Entrance: Free

The Comma Press and UCLM Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction was established to commemorate the legacy of Dinesh Allirajah, a respected writer and creative writing lecturer. This inaugural prize follows the theme of ‘Cafe Stories’. And what writer doesn’t love writing over a cup of coffee and exploring the wonderful world on display inside our favourite cafes?


I Must Be Off Travel Writing Competition

Deadline: 31st of May for free entries, 31st of July for €3 fee.

Who doesn’t love to travel? The smell of fresh spices on a foreign breeze, the sounds of a city whose streets you’re wandering for the very first time. So it would be madness for someone who loves to travel as much as I do not to dive right into a travel writing competition that’s looking for inspiring and intriguing stories of travel.


So enjoy the summer, and don’t let all that sunshine keep you away from the writing! Of course, don’t let the writing keep you away from the sunshine either.







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