Themed Competitions and Submission Calls - October 2020


WRITE Festival 2020 Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing Competition: For science fiction or fantasy stories up to 3000 words in length. Free to enter. Deadline: 9 December 2020.

Capsule Stories Spring 2021 Edition: Stories (up to 3000 words), poems and essays (up to 3000 words) inspired by the theme ‘In Bloom’. Deadline: 15 December 2020.

Seabourne Magazine: short stories (2,000-5,000 words), vignettes (up to 300 words), and creative non-fiction (800-1,500 words) about the sea. Deadline: 1 January 2021.

Jane Austen’s House Writing Competition 2020: letters (up to 500 words), poetry (up to 30 lines), and short stories (telling the story of one character on one day in up to 500 words) inspired by the ‘little matters’ and domestic details of everyday life. Free to enter. Deadline: 30 October 2020.

Erewash Writing Themed Writing Competition: poetry and short stories (up to 500 words) inspired by the prompt word COURSE. Free to enter. Deadline: 26 November 2020.

Scottish Book Trust 50 Word Fiction Competition: Stories of up to 50 words set in a library. Free to enter. Deadline: 27 October 2020.

Poetry and Covid: For poems related to this or any other pandemic.

Lockdown Lit—Imagination in Isolation Anthology: Short stories, flash fiction, poems, short articles, editorials or essays (up to 2,000 words). Deadline: 31 October 2020.

Minnow Literary Magazine: Micro-poetry (up to 150 words), flash fiction (up to 500 words), and short personal essays (up to 1,500 words). Particularly interested in literary works inspired by nature. Deadline: 7 January 2021.