Writing Competitions


Bare Fiction Prize 2017 – Entries Now Closed

International awards for Poetry, Flash Fiction, and Short Story.

The fourth year of the Bare Fiction Prize is upon us as we edge towards a little milestone. With this fourth iteration of the awards Bare Fiction will have awarded over £10,000 in prize money to writers across the globe. New and old writers alike all have a chance to win big cash prizes and publication within each of the three categories offered. Each entry is judged anonymously by our judges, with the poetry and flash fiction category judges reading every single entry in their category and our short story judge reading a longlist selected by Bare Fiction magazine editor, Robert Harper.

Entries are now closed. Results will be posted online here.


Flash Fiction: 500 words

Short Story: 3000 words

Poetry: 40 lines

DEADLINE: 31ST OCTOBER 2017 (Download a calendar reminder below)

Winners will be notified in January 2018 and a list published on the website shortly afterwards. Click here for full competition rules.

Poetry Judge: Wayne Holloway-Smith

Wayne Holloway-Smith was born in Wiltshire and lives in London. He received his PhD in English and Creative Writing from Brunel University in 2015. He teaches at the University of Hertfordshire and co-edits the online journal Poems in Which. Alarum, his debut collection of poetry, was published by Bloodaxe in 2017.

Entries Now Closed

Flash Fiction Judge: Naomi Booth

Naomi Booth is an award-winning writer and academic who lives and works in Yorkshire. Her first work of fiction, The Lost Art of Sinking, was published by Penned in the Margins and won the Saboteur Award for Best Novella. Set in the Pennines, it tells the story of a character who compulsively passes out and it has been selected for the New Writing North Read Regional campaign 2017. Her debut novel, Sealed, is a work of horror and will be published by Dead Ink Books later this year. Naomi lectures in creative writing and literature at York St John University.

Entries Now Closed


Short Story Judge: Adam O’Riordan

Adam O’Riordan received an Eric Gregory award in 2008 and, in that same year, became the youngest Poet-in-Residence at The Wordsworth Trust, the Centre for British Romanticism. His first collection, In the Flesh (Chatto and Windus), won a Somerset Maugham Award in 2011. His second collection, A Herring Famine (Chatto & Windus) was published in early 2017 as was his debut book of stories, The Burning Ground (Bloomsbury Publishing). He is Academic Director of the Manchester Writing School and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing (Poetry).

Entries Now Closed



Previous judges have included: Helen Mort, David Gaffney, Courttia Newland, Tania Hershman, Angela Readman, Adam Horovitz, Rachel Trezise, Jo Bell, Paul McVeigh, Richard Skinner.

Prizes (in each category)

  • 1st Prize: £500 
  • 2nd Prize: £200 
  • 3rd Prize: £100 
  • 2 x Highly Commended Award: £25

1st, 2nd & 3rd prize winners will be published in the Spring 2018 issue of Bare Fiction Magazine and on our website, with the prizes to be awarded at the launch reading in Birmingham in Spring 2018.