Writing Competitions and Opportunities Digest – Edition 27

by limebirdvanessa

Welcome to the 27th Edition of our weekly writing competitions and opportunities digest. If you missed the last edition, you can see it here

The digests are taking a little Christmas break to eat, drink and be merry, so this is the final one of 2013, but don’t fret, they’ll be back again from 6 January. In the meantime there’s plenty of writing fodder in this week’s issue to keep you busy over the festive period…

Have you ever wondered how the world would be now if certain events in history had ended differently? Well the first one on today’s list gives you the chance to rewrite history. If you’ve had enough of Christmas already and want to start thinking about the next big calendar event, then the second one will whisk you off to Valentine’s Day. The third one is another short story contest, but this time with an open theme. And finally, we have a water themed anthology call looking for poems, short stories, song lyrics, short memoirs, essays, letters, nonfiction, or other forms.

Wishing you all the joys of the season, and as always, happy writing!


Opportunity type – Short story contest for publication in an anthology.
Theme – Rewriting history. Story must be based on a real pivotal event in history which took place between 1444 and 1821 – political, military or cultural, and then given a different ending than the actual one.
Word count – Circa 5,000 words. Plus around 200 words outlining how the event turned out in actual history.
Organiser/publisher – Paradox Interactive / Paradox Books.
Reward – “The three winning short stories will be published in the alternate history anthology, with a standard writer’s fee from Paradox Books. All winners will receive a hard copy of the anthology signed by the developers at Paradox Development Studio. Not only that, the winners will receive the Paradox Interactive Collection, a bundle of over 50 games. Please note: There may be honorable mentions and more than three short stories may be included in the anthology.”
Eligibility – Not specified.
Deadline – January 31, 2014.
Link for info – Paradox Short Story Contest 2014.
Notes – This is being run by a gamers site, and the contest is based around a game called “Europa Universalis”. You don’t need to be a gamer to enter, but you may find it helpful to familiarise youself with the game by watching some of the many YouTube trailers and gameplay clips, such as this one. Half the stories in the anthology will be from professional writers, and the rest from contest winners.


Opportunity type – Short story competition.
Theme – Love.
Word count – Minimum 3,000 words.
Organiser/publisher – Valentine’s Day Ideas / nb-productions inc.
Reward – First prize $1000. Nine runners up prizes of $100 Amazon gift cards. Publication on their website (non-winning stories may be published too).
Eligibility – Worldwide, 18 years or over.
Deadline – It says entries should be received by February 14, 2014, however further down in the rules it states that the judging panel will select a winner on or after February 1, 2014.
Link for info – Valentine’s Day short story competition.
Notes – You can also submit romantic drawings and photographs.


Opportunity type – Short story competition.
Theme – Any.
Word count – Maximum 6,000 words.
Organiser/publisher – The Moth Magazine.
Reward –1st prize €3,000, 2nd prize of €1,000, 3rd prize of a week-long writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France (travel not included). All three will also be published in the Autumn 2014 issue of The Moth.
Eligibility – International.
Deadline – June 30, 2014.
Link for info – The Moth Short Story Prize 2014.
Notes – There is an entry fee of 9Euro per story. They are also running a poetry competition with a closing date of December 31, 2013.


Opportunity type – Call for submissions for an anthology (poems, short stories, song lyrics, short memoirs, essays, letters, nonfiction, or other forms).
Theme – Water.
Word count – Prose (fiction or nonfiction) – under 3,000 words. Poetry or Lyrics – up to 3 pieces.
Organiser/publisher – Motes Books.
Reward – Publication in the anthology.
Eligibility –  Not specified.
Deadline – Febuary 1, 2014.
Link for info – Motes Books call for submissions.
Notes – This is Volume 4 of series of anthologies they have published called ‘Motif’.


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 27”

  1. Enjoy your holidays, Vanessa!

  2. I love alternate histories (and the research that it takes to get them right) so will definitely be having a go at the rewriting history competition over Christmas!


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