- Mslexia - (for female writers only) would like new writing on the theme 'Into the deep' - closes Friday March 19th. No entry fee, best stories and poems published in the magazine.
- Fish One Page Story Prize - tell a story in 300 words or less. One of the judges is the ace and artful comedian Simon Munnery. Online entry 12 euros, postal entry 15 euros. First prize 1000 euros, plus publication. Closes Saturday March 20th.
- Bristol Short Story Prize - send fiction of up to 3000 words. Entry is £7 per story, first prize £500 + £150 Waterstones giftcard. (2nd and 3rd prizes are impressive too: £350 + £100 giftcard and £200 + £100 giftcard). One of the judges is Orange Prize commended writer Tania Hershman. Closes Wednesday 31st March.
Just thinking as I typed out the details for the Bristol Prize - it's interesting that the prize fund is more evenly distributed between 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Often with writing competitions there's a big first prize and dramatically different 2nd/3rd/runner up prizes. The Bridport Prize, for example, offers that brilliant £5000 first prize, then £1000 and £500 for 2nd and 3rd. I know that's not to be sniffed at, I also appreciate there's prestige with prizes like Bridport, I just like that share-the-wealth approach between the top 3 of the Bristol Prize.
What do you prefer - and what's more attractive when you enter a short story prize, assuming there's an entry fee:
big first prize and no/dramatically different 2nd and 3rd prize
or 3 more evenly distributed prizes?