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Boston Review Tenth Annual Short Story Contest star[offsite link]
The winning author will receive $1,000 and have his or her work published in the November/December 2005 issue of Boston Review. Stories should not exceed four thousand words and must be previously unpublished. Entries should be postmarked no later than June 1, 2005.

Finding Literary Agents-The Writer Magazine Review star
Finding literary agents that are well-established and respected is an early task that writers of short stories, novels and poems look to do-as soon as their piece or manuscript is done,but which ones are best?This review of 'The Writer' magazine shows how sharing other writers experiences helps..

Gival Press Short Story Award star[offsite link]
Submissions of a previously unpublished original (not a translation) short story in English must be approximately 5,000 to 15,000 words of high literary quality, typed, double-spaced on one side of the paper only, with word count in the upper left hand side of the first page, along with the title. The author´s name should not appear on the numbered pages of the ms which should be clipped together. Author should keep a copy of the submission as it will not be returned. Deadline August 8, 2006.

Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction star[offsite link]
Sponsored by the Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry, this contest runs from January 1 and must be postmarked by April 30. Fiction is 7,500 words maximum and must not have been previously published. Entry fee is $20. First prize is $2,000 and second prize is $1,000.

L. Ron Hubbard´s Writers of the Future® Contest star[offsite link]
An international search for new and amateur writers of new short stories or novelettes of science fiction or fantasy. No entry fee is required. Entrants retain all publication rights. The Contest has four quarters, beginning on October 1, January 1, April 1 and July 1. The year will end on September 30. To be eligible for judging in its quarter, an entry must be postmarked no later than midnight on the last day of the quarter.

Mslexia star
Mslexia is a women’s magazine site for aspiring and published writers, it contains up to date information on competitions, new publications and high profile writers. It contains workshops, hints and tips to becoming a better writer and is packed full of ideas.

Ohio State University Prize in Short Fiction star[offsite link]
This annual award is given to the manuscript collection of short fiction selected by an independent judge to be the best submitted. The winning author will receive a cash prize of $1,500 and publication under a standard book contract. Manuscripts must be postmarked in the month of January and be accompanied by a nonrefundable fee of $20 (U.S. dollars). The winner is announced in May.

Short Story Competitions 2011 Mslexia Mag star
Mslexia Women’s Novel Competition 2011. 1st prize £5000 ($7500 approx.) Closing date: 30 th September 2011 If you have a 50,000 plus word novel waiting to be published that you feel would be ideal for this competition, in any genre, but only aimed at adult or young adult readers, you can enter online. You may submit up to 5,000 words of your novel and there is no need to send a synopsis. For any support contact me through the short stories site at Bellaonline or for complete set of guide

The Flannery O´Connor Award For Short Fiction star[offsite link]
A contest run by the University of Georgia Press to honor one of the South´s most celebrated writer. Two winners are chosen each year; the prize is $1,000 for a winning manuscript. Note: there is a $20 entry fee. Manuscripts must be submitted between April 1 and May 31. (Postmark should be no later than May 31.)

Waterstone Short Story Contest Tips 2008 star
Do you write Historical Romances, Horror Stories or Autobiographical Memoirs? All these genres and more are accepted in the Waterstone Bookstore postcard short story contest. Why not try your hand? It may be your big break or at least it may win you a writing course to improve your chances.

Waterstones Writing Contest Winning Authors star
So what kind of mini short stories did the Waterstones famous authors try to squeeze onto the back of a postcard? Your Short Stories editor takes a look and finds some surprises – not to mention – some disappointments....

Zoetrope Short Fiction Contest star[offsite link]
Accept all genres of literary fiction. Entries must be unpublished; 5,000 words or less; postmarked by October 2, 2006; clearly marked "Short Fiction Contest" on both the story and the outside of the envelope; accompanied by a $15 entry fee per story (make checks payable to AZX Publications). Please include name and address on first page or cover letter only. First prize $1,000. The winners and finalists will be announced at the website December 1, 2006, and in the Spring 2007 issue of Zoetrop

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