Run by Royal Society of Literature, there are few writing competitions (for unpublished stories) that are as prestigious as the V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize. The £1,000 top prize is perhaps not as large as some that are kicking around these days. But the real prize is that the winning story will be published in Prospect magazine and the RSL Review, which is bound to be a highlight on most writers’ CVs.
The entry fee is a very reasonable £7.50 per story and stories must be between 2,000 and 4,000 words. Be sure to read the terms and conditions on the competition website. Note that entrants must be resident in the UK, Republic of Ireland or Commonwealth. Good luck!