The submission window for The Cunningham Short Story Competition will open January 1st, 2020, and close May 15th, 2020.   The theme is "Country and Identity", and as in previous years, the lower word limit is 1,000, and the upper limit 3,000.  The entry fee this year will be $12/£10 per story, and the first prize will be $125.  

The submission window for The Poetic Bond X opens March 1st, 2020, and will close 30th June, 2020.  

Theme:  Country and Identity

Word minimum: 1000   Word maximum:  Submissions must be entirely the author's own work and not published in print before.  (Work published online only is acceptable).  

We are seeking lyrical tales revolving around the ideas and concepts of "country" and "identity", either personal, natural, or political, which take the reader on a journey to events and places which they may not be familiar with.  

Each tale should be no more than three thousands words, an original work, and show the reader the world anew.   Eight stories will chosen for publication with one author receiving a prize of $125. Full Terms and Conditions at


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