Competition: Win a place at the Short Story Retreat

From June 17th to 21st, Paul McVeigh and I will be teaching short story writing at this amazing location on Chesil Beach, also home to the stunning cliffs pictured above.

There are just 6 spaces to join us at the Short Story Retreat and you could win one of them by entering this competition.

What does the prize include?

You get your own room for four nights, all food and drink, and three masterclasses during the retreat. The rest of the time you get to write, read, chat with other writers, walk on the beach, sleep, whatever you want to do! Travel isn’t included and it’s up to you to sort that out. Get the full info on the Short Story Retreat here.

How can you win it?

By writing a short story of course! A very short one. Write a flash fiction story up to 500 words starting with the sentence: “It wasn’t really great weather for the beach…

I look forward to reading your stories and maybe to retreating with you to the beach…

Competition T&Cs

  • £10 to enter
  • Everyone that enters will also get a discount of £15.00 on the booking fee if their story doesn’t win the competition and they still want to come
  • Stories must be written in English, your own original work and unpublished online and in print
  • You can enter as many times as you like as long as you pay the fee each time
  • Submit your stories through Submittable by 10pm (BST) on 10th April 2016
  • Winner will be announced on 22nd April 2016
  • The judge’s decision is final
  • By entering the competition you agree to attend the Short Story Retreat and have your story published on the Retreat West website
  • The writer of the winning story gets a free place at the Short Story Retreat and the prize is not transferable


3 thoughts on “Competition: Win a place at the Short Story Retreat

  1. Rose says:

    I just entered and put my email address on the bottom of my story. Just realised that some competitions need stories to be sent anonymously though so it could make my entry invalid. Could you let me know if you need me to resubmit my story without my email address please, thanks Rose

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