Available Competitions

2019 International Novel Prize


Our Novel Competition returns! After the blazing success of last year's competition, we're delighted to throw open the doors once again and request the first 3000 words of any finished novel manuscript or work-in-progress. With a Grand Prize of £1000 up for grabs, publication in our year-end anthology, and a discounted place on a Curtis Brown Creative course, as well as personalised feedback from one of our wonderful judges, this is a novel competition not quite like any other.


 Special Guest Judge: Literary Agent Lucy Morris, of Curtis Brown Books


  • Entry Length: 3000 Words + Synopsis

  • Entry Fee: £22

  • Grand Prize: £1,000 + Publication

  • Entry Deadline: 28th September 2019[CLOSED]

  • Longlist Announced: 1st December 2019

  • Winners Announced: 16th December 2019

2019 International Poetry Prize


Poetry sales in the UK are on the rise, and it's in no small part to you wonderful writers and readers out there. We're celebrating all things poetry with our second annual Poetry Prize, a poetry competition that's on the lookout for the best and bravest emerging voices in poetry! Accepting all genres and forms, and offering personalised feedback on each entry and publication for the shortlist, this is a poetry competition held by poets, for poets.


Special Guest Judge: Poet Emily Jungmin Yoon


  • Entry Length: 1 Poem, 40 Lines

  • Entry Fee: £10

  • Grand Prize: £500

  • Entry Deadline: 4th September 2019[CLOSED]

  • Longlist Announced: 1st November 2019

  • Winners Announced: 16th November 2019

2019 International Short Story Prize


Our Short Story competition was a wonderful reading experience last year and we can't wait to start receiving and reading your stories again. Our judges are on the look out for some truly innovative and bold writing, so if you've got a story that you're ready for the world to see, then we want to read it! Publication is offered to all shortlisted writers and personalised feedback is provided to every entrant by our judging team.


Special Guest Judge: Literary Agent Susan Yearwood, of the Susan Yearwood Agency


  • Entry Length: 3000 Words

  • Entry Fee: £12

  • Grand Prize: £500

  • Entry Deadline: 28th July 2019 [CLOSED]

  • Longlist Announced: 1st October 2019

  • Winners Announced: 16th October 2019

2019 International Flash Fiction Prize


When you've got just 500 words to write something spectacular, every one counts! Flash Fiction competitions have always been at the heart of what we do here, but this is the biggest we've run yet. Offering a cash prizes, publication for the shortlist, and personalised feedback from our judging team, this is one of the UK's largest Flash Fiction competitions, and proudly so.


Special Guest Judge: Literary Agent Catherine Cho, of Curtis Brown Books

Entry Length: 500 Words

Entry Fee: £8

Grand Prize: £500

Entry Deadline: 28th June 2019 [CLOSED]

Longlist Announced: 1st September 2019

Winners Announced: 16th September 2019

Grindstone's 2019 "Dirty Dozen" Prize


Micro Fiction is an extraordinary form, and it's one of the toughest to write. This year, we're looking for 12 pieces of Micro Fiction from around the world to comprise a collection for the 2019 Anthology. Accepting all genres and styles, we want to see innovation and courage in your writing. With just 144 words to spend, it's going to be a tall order, but we can't wait to see what you come up with.



Entry Length: 144 words

Entry Fee: £1.44

Grand Prize: 12x Publication in 2019 Anthology

+ Free Anthology Copy + Invitation to Atmos Collection

Entry Deadline: 28th May 2019 [CLOSED]

Longlist Announced: 1st August 2019

Winners Announced: 16th August 2019

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Thanks for the support!

We're continually enamoured by the support and generosity of the writing community, so we just wanted to take a second to say a big thank you to two contributors. Both Almond Press, and Christopher Fielden are kind enough to list our competitions on their sites, and in doing so, help to spread the Grindstone name. They've been instrumental in our growth and success, and we can't thank them enough. Though, we hope this message goes a small way to doing so! 

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Grindstone Literary Ltd is based in the United Kingdom.