The East London Writeidea 2015 Prize is a new competition for writers who have not been previously published or won a writing competition. There is a first prize of £300, with four finalists each winning £50. Winning stories will be published online and the winner will be read at the Writeidea Festival of reading on November 15. Stories may be on any theme and THERE IS NO ENTRY FEE. The deadline is 11 October and full details are on their website: http://writeideafestival.org

Carried in waves is an international competition for short stories for radio from University College, Cork, in Ireland. They are seeking unpublished stories under 3,000 words on any theme. Forty shortlisted stories will be recorded for broadcast. The winning story will be awarded £(Irish)300, with £(Irish)200 and £(Irish)100 for the second and third. Entry fee is £(Irish)10. Closing date is September 30. Full details on website: http://writ.rs/carriedinwaves.

Prestigious literary journal, The London Magazine, offers publication and £500 for the winner of its new annual short story competition. Entries should be no longer than 4,000 words, with an entry fee of £10. Prizes are: £500, £300, £200. Deadline is October 31. Details on their website: http://www.thelondonmagazine.org.

Flash 500 Novel Contest for first chapter and synopsis. Fee is £10 and prizes: £500, £200. Judges are Crooked Cat Publishing.Deadline October 31. Full details: flash500.com

Earlyworks Press Short Story Competition. 8,000 words maximum. Fee £5 up to 4,00 words, £10 if over. Prize: £100, Details at: http://www.earlyworkspress.co.uk Deadline October 31

Please check the websites to ensure these details are correct. And my apologies (sorry, Val!) for being unable to work out how to use the proper symbol for the Irish £. Shame on me…