This festive season we’ll be counting down to Christmas again with the online publication of 12 seasonal stories.
The winning stories will be published in December and in true advent calendar style the prizes will be revealed when the story is published. They will all be Retreat West goodies so a mix of courses, memberships, books, feedback and mentoring.
We want happy, sad, surreal, strange, heartbreaking and uplifting stories that show what the festive season can be for the many different people who celebrate it, or not.
Entry fee: £6.
Deadline for entries: 03rd September 2023.
Max word count: 1000
Stories can have been previously published as long as they weren’t published by us and you retain the publication rights and the publication date was before August 2023.
- Submit stories written in English through Submittable by 23.59 GMT on the deadline date (sorry late entries will not be included).
- Please include a word count on the story document
- Maximum word count is 1000 (excluding title) but there is no minimum. Please do not submit stories above this word count as they will be automatically disqualified. Sorry!
- Do not include your name on the story or the submission title – sorry but stories where we can see the writer’s name will automatically be disqualified as all entries are judged anonymously.
- Stories must be your own original work and they can have been previously published as long as you retain the publication rights and the publication date was before August 2023.
- By entering the competition you agree to your story being published on the Retreat West website.
- If you enter the story elsewhere and it is accepted for publication before judging takes place then you will have to withdraw it and no entry fees will be refundable.
- Stories can be in any genre apart from children’s fiction.
- You can enter multiple stories but the £6 entry fee is payable each time and each story must be submitted separately.
- The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.