Despite the disruption to this year’s festival, we are once again running a short story competition. This year, there will be just one category, for entrants of 16 years and over. The task is to write a short story on any subject or theme, apart from children’s stories. The maximum word count is 750 words; there is no minimum word count. There will be three cash prizes: £200, £100, and £50. The competition opens on 25th April and closes at midnight on 31 July 2020. Entry fees are £5 for one; £9 for two. Submissions must be made online.

Competition Rules

  1. The competition is for short stories on any subject or theme.
  2. The competition opens on Monday 4th May. The closing date for entry is 11.59pm on 31 July 2020. Any entries received after this date will be disqualified and no refunds of fees will be made.
  3. All entries must be previously unpublished.
  4. Entry is open to anyone over the age of 16, living anywhere in the world.
  5. All entries must be in English.
  6. The maximum word count is 750 words. There is no lower word limit.
  7. The cash prizes are £200, £100 and £50.
  8. There is an fee of £5 for one entry or £9 for two.
  9. Multiple entries are permitted.
  10. Contact details must be provided separately. Do not enter any personal details on your actual story as judging takes place anonymously.
  11. A shortlist will be announced mid-September. The winners will be announced at the launch event on 15th October.
  12. The decisions of the judges will be final.

How To Enter

  1. Stories should be submitted electronically to with a covering email providing your contact details and your payment reference.
  2. Your story must be sent as a Word or PDF attachment, preferably double-spaced in a clear 12 point font.
  3. Use your story name as the file name.
  4. The fees must be paid by PayPal.
  5. Let us know if you are sending your fee from a PayPal account which is not in the name you are using to enter your story. This will enable us to match up fees and entries.
  6. Use the Pay Now button on this website to make your payment, and make a note of the reference when you pay.
  7. Please let us know how you heard about this competition, to help us judge the effectiveness of our promotional channels.
  8. Entries will be acknowledged by email.
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