This writing competition has it all.
It is free.
It is international.
Entries can have already been published.
Entries can be up to 6000 words long.
First prize is £30,000 – runners up recieve £1000
Too good to be true? Well, The Sunday Times Short Story Award does have certain additional requirements.
The competition is only open to authors writing in English who have already been published in the UK or Ireland. (It doesn’t matter where the writer actually lives or their nationality: the point is they must be published in the UK or Ireland.)
To be exact, this means the author must previously have had works of prose fiction, drama or poetry published by an established publisher or an established printed magazine in the UK or Ireland, or broadcast by a national radio station in the UK or Ireland.
Self publication doesn’t count, nor does writing for newspapers, film, or television.
Deadline: 6pm Thursday 29 September 2016. A longlist of up to twenty entries will be published in February 2017 and the winner will be announced in April. Full terms and conditions for the prize can be found here (PDF) and writers can access the entry form via the Short Story Award website.
You can read last year’s winning story by Jonathan Tel along with the other shortlisted stories here.