I love a good old home-country writing competition. The deadline for this one is 30th September (Midnight UK time, so watch out North and South American readers!) but it’s only 500 words, so you can rustle that up in an hour or two, right?
The contest comes from Flash 500, a British site with the winner being published in online and print magazine Words With JAM* The top prize is £300, with money prizes for second and third, and a free book for highly commended entries. The entry fee is £5 for one, £8 for two stories and you can add £10 per story if you would like a critique to be returned to you.
There is no geographical limit on entrants, and entries must be previously unpublished (including online). Check out the website for detailed entry conditions.
Impressively, this contest promises to announce winners within just 6 weeks of the closing date. It runs quarterly, so if you’re not ready this month, you could stop by again in the future.
* Note that the magazine is also running its own short story comps, with categories for 250, 1000 and 2500 word stories.