The 2017 OWT short fiction competition is now closed for entries. We have received exactly 300 entries – exactly! (The round number seems to us in some way significant.) That’s more than double the number of entries we received last year. We are thrilled – and a little overwhelmed – by the volume and range of submissions we’ve received.
The judging now begins. Alas, we have only three prizes to award, so we apologise that there is no way we can give all entries the recognition that they deserve. Please know how grateful we are to everyone who shared their work, and please remember that with so many strong pieces our choices will inevitably be subjective.
Given the volume of entries, we plan to make our selections in two stages. In the first instance our aim is to narrow the field to a longlist, which we plan to announce on Wednesday 29th March. We will announce authors by their name (or pen name), but, so as not to hinder non-winning entrants’ chances of publishing their stories elsewhere, we will not publish story titles at this stage. Please be patient as we try to choose between so many excellent pieces of writing. Thank you and good luck!
Beware the Ides of March! Today is World Book Day, which means you have just under a fortnight to get your entries in for this year’s Online Writing Tips Short Fiction Prize. Remember:
– It’s free to enter
– There are three cash prizes
– We accept stories of 1000-4000 words on any theme
You can find the full submission details here. Good luck – you’ve got to be in it to win it!
This week’s featured market is an amazing opportunity all the way from Berlin. Don’t worry – you needn’t write in German. This is strictly for English-language stories of 1500-3500 words. The theme is “A Summer Night” and you have until midnight (CET) on May 31st. Best of all, it’s completely free to enter and there are some amazing prizes: first place wins publication in the summer print edition of EXBERLINER, €100, and a goodie bag. Two runners up will each receive publication on the EXBERLINER website, €50, and a goodie bag. And ten finalists will have their stories featured on The Reader Berlin showcase, and have the opportunity to perform their work live at a Reader Sunday Salon event in autumn. Please see here for full rules and submission details. Good luck!
This week’s featured market is Berlin based English-language journal Leopardskin & Limes.
Leopardskin & Limes want to bring out the very best stories and poetry that they can get their grubby little mittens on. (Their words, not mine!)
Writing that crosses borders (metaphorically and literally) effortlessly. That makes them feel things that they didn’t know they could feel, or simply just entertain the pants off of them.
Based in Berlin, amidst an ever-changing city that is wonderfully queer and diverse, they hope to find like-minded writers the world over and make one big, happy, global community of really amazing writers!
They’ll be publishing a new poetry piece on Mondays, a new short story every Wednesday, and every month they will have a guest writer.
Submissions are always open, and they note that they accept stories anywhere between 0-3000 words. ‘A few words more than that and we can be flexible about it if we love it. If you can write an amazing story in less than zero words, well, that would really impress us’.
You can see their full guidelines here.
Get your writing into them for a fantastic opportunity to get your work recognised on a brilliant international platform. Stop reading this now . Go on, get on with it!
Ladies and gentlemen, this is a final call for the Online Writing Tips short fiction prize. We are inviting short stories of between 2000 and 5000 words on any theme. The competition is open to writers based anywhere in the world, it pays cash prizes, and it’s completely free to enter. You’ve got to be in it to win it!