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Please Note

The information given here is for GUIDANCE ONLY. While every effort is made to ensure that it is accurate,

before entering any listed competition you should obtain full rules and an entry form from the organisers.



First Prize


30th November 2015 1st 500

entry 6

H.E. Bates 2015 Competition

Write us a short story on the subject of your choice.

*   The competition is open to all writers.

*   Entries must be no longer than 2000 words.

*   1st Prize 500

*   2nd Prize 100

*   3rd Prize 50

*    Special prize for the best story written by a Northamptonshire writer 50 (not awarded if the story has won 1st, 2nd, or 3rd prize)

*   The entry fee is 6 for the first story submitted. It is reduced to 10 for any entry of 2 stories. Further stories have a fee of 5 each.

*   Entrants are invited to submit as many stories as they wish, providing they have not been previously published or have been prize-winning entries in another competition.

*  The judging panel will comprise members of the Northampton Writers Group. The Head Judge is Morgen Bailey, author, editor, creative writing tutor, and blogger. (

*   Closing date for entries is Monday 30th November 2015

*   Prizes will be awarded at a prize giving ceremony in January, date to be announced.

There is no entry form. Simply send your story or stories (typed please) with a first sheet giving your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, and title of story or stories to H.E.Bates Competition, 19 Kingswell Road, Kingsthorpe, Northampton NN2 6QB. Please mark the envelope "f.a.o. Nick Hamlyn". Include a postal order or cheque (made out to N.Hamlyn).

Alternatively, you may e-mail your story in Word format, complete with a first page as described above, to and pay by PayPal. In this case, we will invoice you on receipt of your entry.

Please note that stories will not be returned, so keep a copy!

31st November 2015 1st  €3,000

entry €20

Short Story Prize

Ten stories will be selected by competition judge Kevin Barry (winner of 2013 International IMPAC Award) for publication in the 2016 Fish Anthology.

Judge: Kevin Barry
First Prize: €3,000
Second prize: A week in residence at Anam Cara Writers and Artists Retreat, plus €300
Third Prize: €300
Closing: 30 Nov 2015
Results: 17 March 2016
Submission Fee: €20 (15 or US$22 or AUS$29 or NZ$33 approx.) By post €22 (17, US$22, AUS$31, NZ$35 approx.). 50% discount on subsequent entries.
Word Limit: 5,000

5th February 2016 1st 300

entry 5

Artificium SHORT STORIES  Competitions.

For stories between 2,000-8,000 words, in English. Any genre. 

Prizes: Winner - 300.

Prize pot of at least 100, to be shared between 1-4 runners up.


For writing between 500-1,000 words, in English. Includes poetry, flash fiction, and anything else.


Winner - 150

Prize pot of at least 100, to be shared between 1-4 runners up

All prize-winners in our competitions will be featured in Artificium. 

Closing date: 5th February 2016

Entry fees: 5 UK residents/6 International