1st Prize £350
2nd Prize £200
3rd Prize £100
- All winning and shortlisted stories published in the annual anthology.
- £8 for 1 story.
- £43 for 1 story with detailed feedback.
Enter as many times as you like but all entries must be made separately and the entry fee paid each time.
Deadline: 25th October 2020
Word Count: Up to 500 (title not included)
Writing a winning story: The best way to discover what kind of stories impress the initial readers and the judges is to read them. Get copies of the winning stories in the 2016, 2017 and 2018 prizes here. The 2019 anthology will publish soon.
- Submit stories written in English through Submittable using the button below by 23.45 GMT on the deadline date (sorry late entries will not be included)
- Do not include your name on the story or submission title but provide a short bio in the body of the email. All stories are read anonymously so any showing the author’s name will be disqualified.
- Stories must be your own original work and not have been published online or in print, or have won any other competitions (longlisted and shortlisted places in other competitions is fine).
- Simultaneous submissions are allowed but if your story wins a prize or is published prior to the winner’s announcement your entry will become ineligible and entry fees will not be refunded.
- By entering the competition you agree to your story being published in the winners’ anthology.
- Stories can be in any genre apart from children’s fiction.
- You can enter as many times stories as you like but all entries must be made separately and the entry fee paid each time.
- The judge’s decision is final.
- There will be a launch event for the anthology of winners and cash prizes will be paid on publication of the anthology.
- Cash prize payments will be made through PayPal only so you must have an account to receive your prize.
- There is no alternative prize.
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