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Already we are approaching the halfway point of 2015, so here are some more opportunities to get your writing out there and judged by the experts in the third quarter of the year.  The post I wrote about competitions with deadlines in the second quarter of 2015, included The Bath Short Story Award, and I was pleased to find out yesterday that my entry has been long listed – short list due on Tuesday 30th June, so some sitting on eggs for 50 people out of a total of 1003 entries until then.

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Most of the following are competitions for short fiction and poetry, but I’m including one journal which is open for submissions four times a year only, and they also accept personal non-fiction essays, and photography.  Pay attention to the submission guidelines on the linked pages below and good luck if you decide to take a chance.

1.   Masters Review Short Story Competition – Deadline 15 July 2015, up to 6,000 words, $2000 plus publication.

2.  Sean O’Faolain Short Story Competition – Deadline 31 July, up to 3000 words, €2000 1st prize plus publication and VIP treatment at Munster Literature Festival.

3.  Aesthetica Magazine Creative Writing Award for Short Stories (2000 words) and Poetry – Deadline 31 August 2015, £500 prize money for each category, plus publication, journal subscription, books, etc.

4.  Nano Flash Prize (Flash Fiction) – Deadline 1 Sept 2015, up to 300 words, $1000 plus publication.

5.  Prolitzer Prize for Short Fiction and Creative Non-fiction – Deadline 1 October 2015, up to 2500 words, £200 plus publication in print journal.

and that journal I mentioned,

6. The Bohemyth – Submit during July 2015 (note if you go to web link before July, you will see, ‘Submissions closed’, but scroll down for info and submit ONLY from 1 July), short stories and personal essays up to 2,000 words, up to 6 poems, up to 6 photographs, publication in the September issue of The Bohemyth journal.

I reckon that’s enough to keep us all busy over the next three months.  If I’m fortunate enough to be on the Bath Short Story Award short list next week, I’ll pop back and let you know.  Otherwise, enjoy the summer and happy writing.  Remember, writing is mostly re-writing – edit and read, edit and read, edit and read some more!

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