Creative writing competitions: Grindstone Literary Short Story and Novel Prizes

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Enter unpublished long or short fiction in the international creative writing awards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2021 International Novel Prize: For unpublished novel manuscripts more than 70,000 words for adult and YA readers by unpublished or self-published, unrepresented authors Manuscripts may be finished or not yet completed.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• 2021 Short Story Award: For original, unpublished short fiction between 1,000 and 3,000 words, in any genre for adult readers.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.

For full details see the website.

 

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