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# Competition Country Closing Date Winners Announced Max Words Entry Fee Top Prize
1 Brisk Publishing ‘Brisk Chance’ Writing Competition USA Bi-Annually Bi-Annually 10,000 $20(N3,300) $1,000(N165,000)
No Note
2 Dark Tales Short Story Contest England Monthly Monthly 5,000 £5(N800) £100(N16,500)
No Note
3 BBC Short Story Award UK March September 8,000 FREE £15,000
Notes on BBC Competition: Any style / genre – you have to be a published author to enter this, so you need to win another competition first, or be published in a publication of some renown. Self-published does NOT count! – winning and short listed stories recorded and broadcast on BBC Radio 4
4 Bridport Prize England May November 5,000 £9 £5,000
No Note
5 UNIBEN Prize Nigeria Monthly Monthly 5,000 N450 N 70,000/30,000

See Notes

Notes on Fiction Limbo Prize: This Prize is currently open to only students of the University of Benin. It has two categories (Poetry and Fiction) Any style/genre is accepted. –  Fiction winners receive N70, 000 and Poetry winners receive N30, 000. Top Three stories / Top Five Poems will be published in the fiction limbo anthology.
6 Commonwealth Short Story Prize England November May 5,000 FREE £2,500 / £5,000See Notes
Notes on Commonwealth Short Story Prize: Any style / genre – regional winners receive £2,500 prize, overall winner receives £5,000 prize – winning stories are published in an anthology – open for submissions in October and November only


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