Creative writing competitions: Grindstone Literary Short Story and Novel Prizes


07 April 2021
Enter unpublished long or short fiction in the international creative writing awards

The Grindstone Literary Prizes are international contests. The two Grindstone contests currently inviting entries are:

2021 International Novel Prize: For unpublished novel manuscripts more than 70,000 words for adult and YA readers by unpublished or self-published, unrepresented authors Manuscripts may be finished or not yet completed. The first prize is £1,000, with £500 for second and £100 for two runners up. Winners and shortlisted writers are published in a chapbook tat is sent out to literary agents. The contest is judged by literary agent Helle Ogden of Janklow & Nesbitt. Enter the first 3,000 words and a synopsis. The entry fee is £20, with various Early Bird discounts. The closing date is 1 October.

• 2021 Short Story Award: For original, unpublished short fiction between 1,000 and 3,000 words, in any genre for adult readers. The prizes are £500, £200 and 4 x £50 and the winners and shortlisted entries will be published in an anthology. The entry fee is £12, or £10 before 1 May. The closing date is 1 August.

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