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Short Story Collection Competitions

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Last updated 13th April 2018

Below are lists of competitions, contests, prizes and awards for short story collections and short fiction compilation books. I started this list for my own reference, as I was looking for competitions to enter my own short story collections into and found that these kinds of awards are rare. Given the growth in popularity of writing and reading short stories and flash fiction, I hope they will become more common in the future.

Once Upon A Time

If you run a short story collection contest and would like me to add details of it to this resource, please contact me providing ALL of the following information:

  • How often you will be running your competition (eg, annually, quarterly, one-off)
  • The name of your competition
  • A link to your website
  • The country you run the competition from (NOT where you accept entries from, where you are physically located please)
  • Closing date
  • The date you announce winners
  • Maximum word count of books / collections
  • Entry fee
  • Top prize
  • Any other details, including how winning writers' books might be published or publicised, and any guidelines on theme / style etc.

I try and keep the lists up to date, but as I list over 500 publishing opportunities on my website now, it is hard to keep on top of it all. If you do spot any errors, please feel free to get in touch and let me know - any help like this is very much appreciated :-)

Featured Short Story Collection Prizes

If you would like your short story collection competition featured, with a full write-up, at the top of this page, please get in touch. Featured competitions are also mentioned in my email newsletters, which go out to over 3,000 short story writers on a regular basis.

Featured contests will be added here at some point soon.

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Short Story Collection Writing Competitions

This table lists details of short story collection / compilation awards. At the moment there are only two lists (this one and the one-off list). That is because there aren't many of these types of contests in operation, so it seems pointless to have annual, prestigious and regular lists like I do on the other directories on this website. That may change in the future, if more competitions are launched.

Short Story Critique Service

Competition Country Closing Date Winners Announced Max Words Entry Fee Top Prize
Bath Novella in Flash Award UK January April min 6,000 / max 18,000 £16 £300
Notes on Bath Award: Any style/genre - each individual flash in the Novella must be 1,000 or less - cash prizes for 2 runners up - all 3 prize winners published together in an anthology and receive 5 copies of the book each
Black Lawrence Press 'The Hudson Prize' USA March ? no max stated $25 $1,000
Notes on The Hudson Prize: Any style/genre - for unpublished collections of short stories and poetry - winners book published by Black Lawrence Press and they receive 10 free copies
Edge Hill University Short Story Prize UK March ? no max stated FREE £10,000
Notes on Edge Hill Uni Prize: Any style/genre - self-published books are NOT eligible - winner also receives specially commissioned artwork - specifically for short story collection written by a single author - prize is run annually
Leapfrog Press Fiction Contest USA May ? min 22,000 words / no max stated $33 $150
Notes on Leapfrog Press Contest: For adult, young adult and middle grade novels, novellas, and short story collections that are previously unpublished - winner will also be offered a publishing contract with an advance
Pen/Hemingway Award For Debut Fiction USA December ? no max stated $75 $25,000
Notes on Pen/Hemingway Award: Any style/genre - entries only accepted from publishers and literary agents - for a debut novel or book of short stories - for US residents only - you can see their other website about the award here
Saboteur Awards UK March April NA NA See notes
Notes on Saboteur Awards: Any style/genre - multiple categories, which include short story collections (by a single author) and short story anthologies (a collection of works by more than 1 author) - awards are decided by the number of nominations a work receives - winners receive a bottle of Sacred Gin
The Dylan Thomas Prize UK November May no max stated FREE* £30,000
Notes on The Dylan Thomas Prize: Any style/genre - for authors aged between 18 and 39 only - for poetry, collections of fictional short stories, fictional novellas and novels, scripts and screenplays - see full terms and condition re costs, if you're shortlisted, there are costs associated with promotion
The Story Prize USA See notes March no max stated $75 $20,000
Notes on The Story Prize: Any style/genre - only for books first published in the United States - 2 closing dates are July for books published between January and June, November for books published between July and December

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One-Off Short Fiction Book Competitions

This table lists one-off short story compilation prizes.

Competition Country Closing Date Winners Announced Max Words Entry Fee Top Prize
None to list at present, coming soon... TBC TBC TBC TBC TBC TBC
Notes on TBC Competition: Notes coming soon...

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Other Short Story Award Lists

Below are links to other websites that provide lists of short story collection competitions.

  • The John Fox - awesome list with loads of publishing opportunities, mainly in USA
  • The Short Review - this is an old list, so some of the links are broken, but it's still useful

A History of Closed Short Story Collection Contests

For reference, a record of short story collection awards that have closed.

Competition Country Closing Date Winners Announced Max Words Entry Fee Top Prize
None to list at present, coming soon... TBC TBC TBC TBC TBC TBC
Notes on TBC Competition: Notes coming soon...

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How to Write a Short Story by Christopher Fielden

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Liberty U
I looking for a very funny short interesting comedy story, please.

Chris Fielden
Hi Liberty. The competition I run is for humorous stories.

If you want to read past entries, or enter yourself, you can find all the details on the To Hull And Back competition page.