The 2011 Commonwealth Short Story Contest Open for Submission

The Commonwealth Short Story Contest is now open for submissions. Stories must be under 600 words. There is no entry fee and stories can be submitted online.

For complete submission guidelines and prizes on offer go HERE. Click rules on the right hand side for a PDF with detailed guidelines.

2011 Bessie Head Literature Awards
(Sponsored by Pentagon Publishers)
for  Novel, Short Story, Poetry

The Bessie Head Heritage Trust and Pentagon Publishers are proud to announce prizes in
literature for 2011: three prizes to be awarded each for novel, short story, and poetry.
Residents and citizens of Botswana are invited to submit manuscripts on any theme in one of
the above categories. Categories, prizes, and permitted lengths are as follows:

Novel (more than 40,000 words) :
1st prize: P2500 2nd Prize: P1500 3rd Prize: P1200

Short story (up to 10,000 words / 10 pages) :
1st Prize: P1200 2nd Prize: P900 3rd Prize: P800

Poetry (a set of one to three poems):
1st Prize: P800 2nd Prize: P600 3rd Prize: P500

Your submission must adhere to the following criteria:
1. Your work must be original, unpublished and not submitted to any publisher.
2. Your manuscript must be in English and be thoroughly revised and proofread.
3. Your manuscript must be typed or printed. Handwritten entries are not accepted.
4. You must submit four copies of your work by post. Photocopies are fine.
5. Do not send more than one manuscript (novel, short story, or poetry). You may
submit exactly one entry per year of the contest.
6. Do not submit a school assignment; school projects are not accepted.
7. Your submission must include a cover page with the following information: (a) your
real name (no pen names are accepted), (b) your postal or email address, (c) one or
two phone numbers for contacting you, (d) a title for your work, and (e) a clear
statement of the category of the work (“novel”, “short story”, or “poetry”).
The first page of the manuscript itself – not the cover page – must also clearly state
the category and the title.
8. Your entry must be accompanied by one photocopy of your Omang or your passport
and residence certificate (these photocopies need not be certified).
9. Except for the cover page, your entry must not have your name on it. Judges will
judge all manuscripts blindly; i.e. they must not be able to identify the authors.
10. You must enter your work yourself (a publisher or friend may not submit it for you).
11. Deadline: Entries must be postmarked by 21 March 2011 and received by 31 March.
Any submissions that do not adhere to the above criteria will be disqualified.
Winning authors may be asked to produce proof of originality, and thus you should not
destroy any drafts, including the first one, until the results have been confirmed.

Send your cover page, copy of identification, and four copies of your manuscript to
Bessie Head Literature Awards
P.O. Box 70401

Winners to be announced in mid-June 2011 on the website

For more information go HERE.

Pentagon Publishers reserves the right to publish prize-winning manuscripts and to evaluate
all manuscripts for publication. Please send all other queries to

African Writing Flash Fiction Contest
First place award: £100
& Publication for 8 shortlisted stories
Competition Guidelines:
Deadlines: Entries close - 31st January, 2011. Winners announced - 4th April, 2011.
Stories must be previously unpublished (and must not be available on any blogs or publicly accessible online repositories).
Stories must be the sole work of the entrant.
Stories must be 750 words or less.
Entry is free.
Only one submission can be made per entrant.
Only online submissions are acceptable. Entries should be emailed to flashprize(at) as an attachment in the .doc or .rtf format with 'Flash Contest' in the subject line.
The email must contain the entrant's name, the title of story, and the entrant's physical address and contact phone number.
Please do NOT include your name on your story. Neither the story nor the name of the attachment should include a reference to the writer's name.
Simultaneous submissions are NOT acceptable.
The first round of judging will be by African Writing's editorial group, which will forward 30 long-listed stories to the competition judge.
The judge will select a shortlist of 8 stories for publication and an overall winner of the £100 prize.
The theme of the competition is open.
There are no ethnic, racial or geographical restrictions on writers, but submissions must be in English.
Licensing: copyright retained by all writers. Short-listed entries are exclusively licensed to African Writing magazine in all formats for 12 months from 4th April, 2011; The licence becomes non-exclusive after 12 months.
Employees and affiliates of African Writing are ineligible for this contest. Writers with a strong personal or professional relationship with the competition judge are requested not to submit for reasons of transparency.
Good luck!

Free Global Poetry Contest

Are you a poet? Here's a contest for you. You must sign-up to be a members but the contest is free to enter and there are cash prizes.
Click HERE for details.