Newly UK publisher, Red Ribbon Press, is looking for talented writers for a short story collection with a romance/erotica twist. First prize: $100. Length: 3000-5000 words. No purple prose. All shortlisted entries will be collected and published in a collection. Deadline: May 1. Guidelines.
This Dark Matter (US) accepts submissions of short stories, flash fiction, and poetry. Publishes work in all genres for adults or young adults “as long as there is an inherent darkness at the heart of it.” Weird is good, and so is horrifying and heart-pounding and creepy. Deadline: ongoing. Guidelines.
Soliloquies (Concordia University, Montreal) accepts writing on any theme in the following genres: Short fiction (3,500 words max.), poetry (8 pages max.), creative non-fiction (3,500 words max.), drama and comics. Deadline: October 24, 2014.
RUMINATE Magazine is accepting submissions for their 2014 William Van Dyke Short Story Prize. Along with publication in the Spring 2015 issue, the winner and runner-up will be awarded $1500 and $200, respectively. Entry fee: $20 (includes a complimentary copy). Deadline: October 27, 2014.
DigiWriting invites entries for a Holiday-Theme Short Story competition. Length: 1500-2500 words. Open to all genres. Twenty submissions will be published in a Holiday Anthology; selected winners will receive consultation packages. Grand prize: a customized publicity package. Entry fee: $20. Deadline: November 3, 2014.
Entries are invited for the Tagore-O.Henry Short Story Contest 2014. Prize: $1000. Stories must be original “with a punch at the end.” Length: 1500 words max. Deadline: November 19, 2014. Entry fee: $10.
Online U.S. magazine The Round Up Writer’s Zine is looking for fresh, emerging writers looking for a place to share their work with like-minded people. Interested in short stories, nonfiction, poetry, quirky essays, and personal musings. Prefers submissions that are transgressive, dark and gritty. Snarky or sarcastic, edgy and/or possibly offensive are welcome. Deadline: September 30, 2014.
- Guidelines: roundupzine.com/submit
Belladonna Publishing seeks submissions for Strange Little Girls, a short story anthology. They “want to meet new strange little girls, and read strong and original stories about them.” Examples: Wednesday Adams, Merricat Blackwood, Alice, Drusilla, Carrie and Amy Pond — or nothing like them at all. Length: 2000-8000 words. Accepts submissions in English, Norwegian, and Swedish. Payment: $120, plus print/ebook copies. Deadline: July 15, 2014.
Simone Press (UK) is currently accepting submissions for Paranormal Horror Two, a sequel to the Paranormal Horror anthology. Length: 1000-5000 words. Looking for horror stories about ghosts, demons, haunted houses, possession, vampires, werewolves, Big Foot, The Loch Ness Monster, mediums and more. Payment: copy of the ebook. Deadline: June 30, 2014
- Guidelines: simonepress.com/submissions.html
The Rusty Toque (Western University) invites entries for their first annual 2014 Fiction Chapbook Contest. Chapbook submissions can include stories, micro-fiction or a longer short story. Prize: $800 + chapbook publication (e-book and print) + a fiction prize pack. Entry fee: $15. Length: 25-40 pages. International submissions welcome. Deadline: June 1, 2014.
- Guidelines: therustytoque.com/fiction-chapbook-contest.html
ArtAscent invites entries for their International Art Competition. First prize: $50 and publication. Theme: Desire. Entries may include fiction, non-fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations (up to 900 words). Previously published or unpublished are eligible. Writers retain copyright. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: April 30, 2014
- Guidelines: artascent.com/call-for-writers/
Stories wanted for Bloody Sexy, an anthology of erotic horror. Looking for short stories (2,000-10,000 words), nanofiction (500 words max.) and poetry of any length. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration before Deadline: May 30, 2014.
Entries are invited for the 32nd Annual SouthWest Writers International Competition. Open to all original, unpublished work by English-language writers in 10 categories for novels, creative nonfiction, essay, short stories, children’s picture books, and poetry. First prize: $300 in each category. Entry fees range from $20-$60. Deadline: May 1, 2014.
Quarter Castle Publishing (Canada) is accepting entries for their 2014 short story writing contest. First prize: $50, publication in anthology form, and two copies. Seeking stories set in Canada (except in fantasy and science fiction genres). Length: 1500–6000. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: September 30, 2014. Open to Canadian residents. Deadline: September 31, 2014.
- Guidelines: quartercastlepublishing.com/short-story-contest