More September Submissions and competitions that won’t cost you a penny!

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I’ve been keeping my eye out and here are a couple more opportunities with closing dates this month. Even better news, there are no submission fees for these ones.

The Guardian Short Story Competition

What’s the beef? Submit a 500-750 word story with the first sentence: He spent his last £30 on a plate of oysters and a glass of champagne. Submission must be submitted online via the Guardian.

What’s the prize? A Guardian Masterclass course of your choice (worth up to £450) and publication via the Guardian Masterclass blog.

What’ll it cost me? Nothing at all.

Closing date:  Monday 28th September at 5pm.

Check it out: The Guardian Short Story Comp

The Irish Times Amateur Travel Writer Competition

What’s the beef? A 600 word feature with the theme of a recent holiday trip in Ireland or abroad for the publication’s ‘Travel’ section. Entry via the website.

What’s the prize? An assignment for one person to go on a press trip to a destination abroad as commissioned by the editor of The Irish Times Magazine. This will include flights, accommodation and meals. The winner is responsible for all visa and travel documents and must have a valid passport.  And publication in The Irish Times obviously, you are expected to write about the trip!

What’ll it cost me? Absolutely nothing.

Closing date: 26th September 2015

Check it out: Irish Times Travel Writing comp.

Cultured Vultures call for submissions

What’s the beef? Short stories between 1000 and 3500 words. Previously unpublished (with the exception of personal blogs). Sent in the text of an email to

Also accepting culture related submissions on topics such as films, music, gaming, books, poetry between 500-2000 words.

What’s the prize? Publication via their blog. Opportunity to become a regular contributor.

What’ll it cost me? Nowt!

Closing date:  N/A

Check it out: culturedvultures


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