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International Annual Fish Short Story Prize
Original, unpublished short stories, less than 5,000 words, on any theme, are sought. Deadline: November 30, each year. Entry fees: $16 for one, $11 each additional. First Prize: $2,500. The best eighteen short-listed stories will be published in an anthology, read by leading literary agents. For 2004, a contest for very short stories of only 250 words, is also offered.

Annual Short-Story Contest
Seeks Science-Fiction/Fantasy stories. Deadline: May 31, 2004. Entry Fee: $10. Cash prizes total $850.

Author Mania Writing Contest
A cash prize of $1,000 plus publication is offered for a short story on any topic. Maximum length: 5,000 words. Entry fee: $20. Closing date: March 31, 2005. Open to U.S. residents only.

Bomb Magazine Fiction Prize
Seeks short stories (maximum 20 pages). Offers a First Prize of $1,000. Postmark deadline: April 1, 2004. Reading fee: $20, which includes a year's subscription to the magazine.

Boulevard Emerging Writers Contest
Leading U.S. literary magazine offers $1,500 plus publication for original short fiction by an unpublished author. Entry fee: $15. Deadline: December 15, 2004.

Cadenza Magazine Short Story Competition
Seeks original, unpublished stories, not exceeding 4,000 words. Open theme (but no children's stories). Cash prizes total 350 English pounds. Entry fee: 5 pounds (or equivalent). Deadline: March 31.

Carve Magazine Short Story Contest
The Raymond Carver Short Story Award at Carve Magazine is one of the world's premier fiction awards for original, unpublished short stories. Maximum length: 10,000 words. Prize money totals $2,000. All submissions are considered for publication. International entries welcome. Entry fees: $15 (one), $25 (two), $30 (three). Only three entries per author are permitted. Closes: February 1.

Dragonfly Spirit Writing for Children Short Story Contest
Seeks original short stories in the children and young adult genres. Limit: 2,000 words. Unpublished authors only. Entry fee: $7. Deadline: September 30.

EM Koeppel Short Story Contest
Annual contest offers $1,100 first prize for original, unpublished stories. Maximum length: 3,000 words. International English entries welcome. Fee: $15 (one), $25 (two). Submissions: Oct. 1 - Apr. 30 annually.

Fantasist Enterprises
Annual fantasy fiction contest, open to all manner of fantastical stories between 2,000 and 10,000 words, closes November 15, 2004. Winners and runners-up will be printed in an anthology. Cash prizes total $300, plus wordage royalties.

Fiction Attic Flash Fiction Contest
Short-short stories of 750 words or less, are sought by June 15. Modest prizes, but no entry fees.

Fire By Nite Awards for Christian Fiction
Seeks stories with Christian themes from unpublished writers. Deadline: September 30. Over $1,000 in prizes plus opportunity for publication. $15 entry fee.

Futures Mysterious Anthology Magazine Contest
Futures Mysterious Anthology Magazine seeks short stories in the mystery genre of 5,000 words or less. Prizes total $450 cash plus free subscriptions and possible publication. Entry fee: $15. Deadline: October 31.

Glacier Press Fiction Writing Contest
Invites entries (maximum: 20,000 words) to a number of categories, including Short Story, Novel/Novella, and Children's Works. Prize: $500, plus publication. Deadline: April 30. Entry fee: $25.

Glimmer Train Awards for Fiction
Glimmer Train Press offers a number of awards for literary short fiction each year. The prize money for short stories less than 2,000 words, for example, totals $2,000. A reading fee of $10 is required. The Press is also open for submissions where no upfront fees are charged.

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