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Fiction Factory Short Story Competition 2019

Winning stories will be published on this website and, at a later date, will be included in a planned anthology. Length of story: max 3,000 words.

Fiction Factory

📆 Deadline January 31, 2019 (Expired) – 💰 Entry Fee: $6

Genres: Fiction, Short Story,



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£50 and £25

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Hillerman Prize

Sponsored by St. Martin's Press and Western Writers of America, the Tony Hillerman Prize is awarded annually for the best first mystery set in the Southwest. The winner receives a contract with St. Martin's Press for publication of the novel and $10,000.

St. Martin's Press and Western Writers of America

📆 Deadline January 02, 2019 (Expired) – 💰 Entry Fee: FREE

Genres: Crime, Fiction,



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