Writing Competitions


Bare Fiction Prize 2016 – Deadline October 31st

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

Now in its third year, the Bare Fiction Prize has given new and old writers alike an equal chance to win big cash prizes and publication within each of the three categories offered. In 2015’s Bare Fiction Prize, first place in the poetry competition (judged by Jo Bell) went to Astra Bloom – a complete newcomer to the UK literary scene. Each entry is judged anonymously by our judges, with the poetry and flash fiction category judges reading every single entry and our short story judge reading a longlist selected by magazine editor, Robert Harper.

Poetry Judge: Helen Mort

Helen-Mort-Bare-Fiction-Prize-for-PoetryHelen Mort was born in Sheffield. She has published two pamphlets with tall-lighthouse press and her first collection ‘Division Street’ (Chatto & Windus, 2013) was shortlisted for the Costa Prize and the T.S. Eliot Prize, winning the Fenton Aldeburgh Prize in 2014. Her new collection ‘No Map Could Show Them’ (June 2016) is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.

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Flash Fiction Judge: David Gaffney

David-Gaffney-Bare-Fiction-Prize-for-Flash-FictionDavid Gaffney lives in Manchester. He is the author of several books including Sawn-Off Tales (2006), Aromabingo (2007), Never Never (2008), The Half-Life of Songs (2010) and More Sawn-Off tales (2013). He has written articles for the Guardian, Sunday Times, Financial Times and Prospect magazine. ‘One hundred and fifty words by Gaffney are more worthwhile than novels by a good many others.’ The Guardian.

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Short Story Judge: Courttia Newland

Courttia-Newland-Bare-Fiction-Prize-for-Short-StoryCourttia Newland is the author of seven works of fiction including his debut, The Scholar. His latest novel, The Gospel According to Cane, was published in 2013 and has been optioned by Cowboy Films. He was nominated for the Impac Dublin Literary Award and The Frank O’ Conner award, as well as numerous others. His short stories have appeared in many anthologies and broadcast on Radio 4. He co-wrote the Writer’s & Artists’ Companion book, Writing Short Stories with Tania Hershman. Courttia is currently a PhD candidate in creative writing.

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Previous judges have included: 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 2017 issue of Bare Fiction Magazine and on our website, with the prizes to be awarded at the launch reading in London in Spring 2017 (date to be confirmed).

Cost per entry

Poetry (max 40 lines):
Flash Fiction (max 500 words):
Short Story (max 3000 words):

£5 / £3 for subscribers
£6 / £4 for subscribers
£8 / £6 for subscribers

You can subscribe during the submission process if you wish.

Payment can be made by Credit/Debit Card, PayPal or by Cheque (GBP Sterling).

Competition Entries

Online entries are now open. Click the links above or visit the competition section of our online shop.

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Bare Fiction Prize 2016: Flyer + Entry Form

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