Writing Competitions and Opportunities Digest – Edition 23

by limebirdvanessa

Welcome to the 23rd Edition of our weekly writing competitions and opportunities digest! If you missed the last edition, you can see it here

If you’re waiting for that first novel publishing deal, then maybe the first one on this week’s list is for you. Or at the opposite end of the word count scale, our second one invites you to put a dark spin on Christmas in a seasonal flash fiction contest – thank you LimebirdLaura for finding that one, it sounds like fun to me! If you like the idea of that one, but don’t think you can stick to a 250 word count, then the third one on our list is similar; a winter horror story but with a more generous 3-4,000 word count. Our final one is a US based book publisher accepting unsolicited submissions.


Opportunity type – First novel writing contest.
Theme – Any.
Word count – The submission requires the first 10,000 words of the novel, plus a 300 word synopsis.
Organiser/publisher – Lightship Publishing / Alma Books
Reward – “Alma Books has first refusal on purchasing the worldwide publishing rights of the winning First Novel, and may offer an advance of up to £4,000. Literary agent, Robert Kirby (United Agents), has first refusal on representation of the novel of winner of First Novel”.
Eligibility – Writers of any nationality aged over 16, writing in English. Entrants must not have had any novel previously published, including self-published.
Deadline – January 31, 2014.
Link for info – Lightship First Novel Prize 2014.
Notes – There is an entry fee of £25.


Opportunity type – Flash fiction contest.
Theme – Christmas with a dark science fiction, fantasy, or horror slant.
Word count – 250 words.
Organiser/publisher – Apex Publications.
Reward – Story published on Apex blog, a critique of another short story (up to 5,000 words long), payment of 5 cents per word, and a one year subscription to Apex magazine. All entrants will receive one free issue of Apex magazine.
Eligibility – Not specified.
Deadline – December 16, 2013.
Link for info – Apex Christmas Flash Fiction Contest.
Notes – Up to three entries per person.


Opportunity type – Short story contest.
Theme – Dead of winter horror story “It’s not nice to fool mother nature.”
Word count – 3,000-4,000 words.
Organiser/publisher – Toasted Cheese Literary Journal.
Reward – Publication in the March issue of Toasted Cheese. “If 50 or fewer eligible entries are received, first place receives a $35 Amazon gift card & second a $10 Amazon gift card. If 51 or more eligible entries are received, first place receives a $50 Amazon gift card, second a $15 Amazon gift card & third a $10 Amazon gift card.”
Eligibility – Not specified.
Deadline – December 21, 2013.
Link for info – Toasted Cheese Dead of Winter Contest. (The general contest guidelines applicable to all their contests are at the top, then the specific details for the ‘Dead of Winter’ contest are further down, after some other expired date contests.
Notes – No entry fee. Only one entry per person.


Opportunity type – Book publisher accepting unsolicited submissions.
Theme – Mainly literary fiction, they say “What we are looking for is something artfully written…We are generally disinterested in science, romance, futuristic, horror, fantasy, or children’s fiction.”
Word count – Not specified, but they say that it’s best to just send the first 25 pages or so initially.
Organiser/publisher – The Permanent Press.
Reward – Not specified.
Eligibility –  Not specified (they are based in the Sag Harbor, NY).
Deadline – Ongoing.
Link for info – The Permanent Press submissions.
Notes – They were established in 1978.


Good luck everyone!

Every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of information given here, but please verify details yourself before submitting anywhere as Limebird Writers cannot be held liable for any inaccuracies. Listing of opportunities here is not necessarily an endorsement of them.


5 Responses to “Writing Competitions and Opportunities Digest – Edition 23”

  1. Thanks for digging these all up!

    Will definitely be entering the Apex contest. (I have had my work linked to in the Advent Calendar twice and sent in a link for this year’s one just yesterday!)

    • I’m tempted by the Apex one myself! Its just finding the time for it at the moment! Mind you, at only 250 words, I can probably start composing it in my head while I drive to and from work every day. At least see if I can spark an idea for it.

  2. As always, thanks for putting these together Vanessa! 😀


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