The Elora Writers’ Festival Writing Contest 2017 (Canada) is open for entries. Looking for short stories (2000 words max.) and personal essays on “My Canadian moment” (1000 words max.) Age categories: Open, Teen, Youth. Prizes of $200, $150 and $100. Entry fee: $15 (writers aged 20+). Open to Canadian writers only. Deadline: April 12, 2017.
Design a Story (Sweden) is competition that explores the potential of stories in architecture to open up unexpected paths and ideas in the design of public space. Submit an imaginary story that takes place on Kvarnbacken, the hill close to the Jakobsberg train station that has become the site for a two year process called Kalejdohill. Illustrate your story on one A2 page, describing where it takes place and and what went on. First prize: SEK 30.000. Deadline: April 1, 2017.
Tethered By Letters invites entries for the F(r)iction Winter Literary Competition. Four categories: Creative nonfiction (1000-7500 words), Short stories of any genre (1000-7500 words), flash fiction (750 words max.) and poetry (3 pages max.). Prizes range from $300-$1000, depending on category. Winners will be published in a future issue of F(r)iction. Entry fees: $8-$15, depending on category. Deadline: March 1, 2017 (Creative nonfiction deadline is April 1, 2017).
The Vallum Chapbook Award 2017 is open. First prize: $125 and publication. Submit poetry manuscript of 12-20 pages. The winning manuscript will be published as an edition of the Vallum Chapbook Series. Entry fee: $25. Deadline: March 31, 2017.
Bayou Magazine invites entries for the James Knudsen Prize for Fiction. Prize: $1000, a year’s subscription, and possible publication. Submit fiction 7500 words max. Deadline: January 1, 2017. Fee: $20 (includes a contest issue).
Entries for the 2017 Bristol Short Story Prize are open to writers worldwide. Submit previously unpublished stories on any theme or subject. Length: 4000 words max. First prize: £1,000; 19 other prizes available. Entry fee: £8. Judges: Tania Hershman, Roshi Fernando, Juliet Pickering, and Simon Key. Deadline: May 3, 2017.