The University of Hertfordshire (UK) Writing Award, seeking short stories (up to 3,500 words) on the theme of "vision," caught my attention for three reasons:
First, it's another no-cost contest, with no entry fee charged.
Second, it offers pretty impressive prizes: £1,000, £500, £300, and £200 for the top four entries, respectively.
And third, if eligible (meaning s/he has applied for and been accepted at the University of Hertfordshire for full-time study commencing in 2007), it seems that the top winner also wins a UH Writing Award Scholarship, valued at £3,000 per year for three years, and applicable to all UH undergraduate degree programs.
But you don't have to be applying for university admission to enter the writing contest, and even better, the award "is international and open to anyone regardless of country of origin or nationality." The top twenty stories will be published in an anthology by the University of Hertfordshire Press; all writers with a story in the book will receive two free copies; winners will receive their prizes at a special event at the University of Hertfordshire next June.
Deadline: January 15, 2007 (received)
For lots more information, including rules/forms, click here.
(via the Society of Authors Noticeboard)