Saturday, March 17, 2012

2012 Spilling Ink Queer Fiction Prize

Post date: Saturday, March 17, 2012
Deadline: 30 September 2012

We always make an effort to notify winners within 30 days of closing date.
  • 1st Prize – £500, publication in 2012 print anthology, 1 free copy
  • 2nd Prize – £250, publication in 2012 print anthology, 1 free copy
  • 3rd Prize – £125, publication in 2012 print anthology, 1 free copy
  • Shortlisted – publication in 2012 print anthology, 1 free copy
  • Honourable Mentions – offer to publish in the quarterly ejournal Spilling Ink Review
  • Entry fee (per entry): £5 or €8 or $10


Gregory Woods was born in Egypt in 1953 and grew up in Ghana. He began his teaching career at the University of Salerno and now works at Nottingham Trent University, where he was appointed Professor of Gay and Lesbian Studies in 1998. His was the first such appointment in the United Kingdom. He was awarded a PhD by the University of East Anglia in 1983, and a DLitt in 2006. In addition to his poetry collections, all published by Carcanet Press, he is also the author of a number of critical books, including Articulate Flesh: Male Homo-eroticism and Modern Poetry (1987) and A History of Gay Literature: The Male Tradition (1998), both from Yale University Press. He chairs the Gender Studies expert panel on the European Science Foundation’s project to develop a European Reference Index for the Humanities (ERIH), is a member of the peer review colleges of the European Science Foundation and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, assessing funding applications in gay and lesbian studies, and is a strategic reviewer for the latter, the AHRC. He is also an artistic assessor for Arts Council England. He has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and is a founding Fellow of the English Association. Find out more about Gregory and his amazing body of work at and Carcanet Press.

  • 2200 words max (no minimum).
  • Although there is no theme or style restriction for this prize we are interested in fiction produced by or for the LGBT community. We are particularly interested in short stories written by emerging or established lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered authors.
  • Multiple entries are accepted but must be accompanied with an entry fee.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted but please let us know as soon as possible if your entry has been accepted elsewhere or won/placed in another writing competition. Entry fees will not be refunded in this case.
  • Entries may be submitted via email or post. Entries submitted via email must be attached in the form of a Word (doc) or Rich Text Format (rtf). Entries submitted via post must be printed on standard-size paper and double-spaced. Entries sent via post will not be returned (please don’t send your only copy).
  • Please be kind when formatting and adhere to general rules of courtesy (i.e. 12pt standard font, double-spaced, pages numbered).
  • Your name, email address or any other distinguishing names should not appear in the body of your story. For example, please don’t put your name and email address in the header or footer. It is fine to include the title of your submission.
  • Submissions must be entrant’s own original work and must be previously unpublished (if your work has appeared in an online workshop or a member’s only writer’s chat – etc – it is eligible for this competition).
  • International submissions are welcomed but all entries must be written in English.
  • As a condition of submitting, the author must hold the copyright of the entry. If the entry is successful Spilling Ink will have one time publicatiopn rights. Copyright remains with the author.
  • Entries will be judged anonymously and all decisions are final.


You have two options: Online and Postal


You may submit your entry(ies) via email and pay the entry fee(s) online via PayPal. You do NOT need a PayPal account to use this option. Click the appropriate button below and you’ll be re-directed to a secure PayPal shopping cart. Please notice that you have the option to pay online in GBP (£), EURO (€) and USD ($). If you wish to enter more than one submission you will be given the opportunity to change the quantity on the PayPal shopping cart.

If you do not wish to pay online you may still submit your entry via email and send a cheque via the post. We can only accept cheques for GBP £ from a UK bank. Please make cheques payable to ‘Spilling Ink Review’ and post to: Spilling Ink Review, PO Box 16864, Glasgow, Scotland G11 9DJ.

Once you have a receipt/transaction number submit your entry via email to:

Be sure to cut and paste your PayPal receipt/transaction number into the body of the email (or let me know that payment has been sent via post)

State the competition category in the subject line of your email

In the body of the email please include the following:
  • Name
  • Postal Address
  • Title of Entry and Word Count
  • PayPal Receipt/Transaction Number

Don’t forget to attach your story! Atachments must be in the form of a Word(doc) or Rich Text Format (rtf). It would also help if the document name is the title of your story.


Entries submitted via post should be printed on standard-size paper and double-spaced. Please adhere to common formatting (such as 12pt font, Times New Roman – or similar standard font – double-spaced). We do not reject entries based on varied formatting but we do appreciate standard style.

Entries sent via email will not be returned. Please do not send your only copy.

If you do not have an email address or you wish to receive hard-copy confirmation that we received your entry, please include a SASE or postcard.

Postal submissions should be accompanied by a cheque from a UK bank made out to ‘Spilling Ink Review’. We can only accept cheques in GBP (£).

Postal submissions should be accompanied by a coversheet stating the following:
  • Name
  • Postal Address
  • Title of Entry and Word Count
  • Email address (if available)

If you are more comfortable using a Competition Entry Form, please feel free to click the button below, print and submit with your postal entry.


Winners and runners-up will be notified by email after the closing date and results posted on the Spilling Ink Review website.


For inquiries:

For submissions: (payment of entry fee should be made here)