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October 2020 – shortlist and winners

An unprecedented number of entries this quarter meant an unusually large longlist, but the judges have worked long and hard to get it down to this final shortlist and the three winning entries.

Every single qualifying entry was read and studied [yes, we are still receiving some entries which go into the disqualified pile because they don’t follow all the rules of entry] and we’re delighted to publish the following placed entries:

1st: Tesni JenkinsSoldier Boy

2nd: Rachel RobbinsWinning

3rd: Guilherme RibeiroA Summer Carol

Prize money is on its way to you, and your stories are published here on our website.

Well done to the following writers who made it to the shortlist:

Emilie Akoka; Cath Barton (1 story); Simon Birinder; Hollie Brennan; Gillian Brown; Rebecca Burns; Colette Coen; Paddy Doherty; Eoghan Doyle (1 story); Jonathan Gurling; James Hancock (2 stories); Radhika Iyer (1 story); Gwenda Major; David McVey (1 story); Sherry Morris; Liane Smith (1 story); Andy Stewart; M Q Tate; Gillian Welby (1 story); James Woolf; Alex Zyms.

Both our writing competitions are open all year round with quarterly deadlines, so why not have a go and enter your work – we love to read and publish the best, both here on our site and in our annual print anthologies.

Enter our 1500 word Short Story Competition.

Enter our 500 word Flash Fiction Comptition.

Good luck!

October 2020 – Long List

Our entry inbox grows bigger with every fresh quarter, and the judges have had more stories to read this quarter than ever before. Our ‘4 entries for the price of 3’ continues to prove popular, and we’re delighted that it’s encouraging so much great writing out there.

So much so that we’ve decided to extend the offer into next year!

For our current short story competition competition – deadline 31st January 2021 – you can once again take advantage of entering four stories for the price of three. So what are you waiting for – get writing!

However – We’re still receiving some entries that do not adhere to our rules, and therefore have had to be disqualifed. If you’re entering the competition, please read all the terms of entry very carefully, to ensure your story is in with the best chance of being considered.

Even if you’ve entered our competition before, go back and check the rules again.

Make sure you’ve got everything right – not just the word count, but the layout and document title requirements too. Make sure your document has a covering page, containing all the information we need.

It’s all there in the rules – make sure you read them thoroughly.

In the meantime, we’re delighted to reveal our long list of authors for the October 2020 competition:

Emilie Akoka (for 1 story)
Liz Andersen
Cath Barton (for 2 stories)
Simon Birinder
Hollie Brennan
Gillian Brown
Rebecca Burns
Robin Butterworth
Colette Coen
Georgia Cook (for 2 stories)
Elizabeth Cooke
Kathryn Crowley
Maureen Cullen (for 2 stories)
Mark Demeza
Paddy Doherty
Eoghan Doyle (for 1 story)
Jonathan Gurling
James Hancock (for 4 stories)
Peter Hankins
Christina Hennemann
Stephen Ho (for 2 stories)
Adrian Holmes
Radhika Iyer (for 1 story)
Denny Jace
Tom Jameson
K T Jayne
Tesni Jenkins (for 1 story)
Andrew Jones
J Kimber
Richard Layton (for 1 story)
Sarah Leavesley
Ros Levenson
Rose Little
Sarah Mackey
Gwenda Major
Mike McMaster
David McVey (for 4 stories)
Sherry Morris
Melissa Morrison
Miriam Moss
Jack Paton
Helen Rana
Guilherme Ribeiro
Rachel Robbins
Sarah Robin
Rob Robson (for 1 story)
Jennifer Ryan (for 1 story)
Laura Scotland
Edward Sergeant (for 3 stories)
Francoise Sharpin
Kerri Simpson
Liane Smith (for 3 stories)
Jessica Squier (for 2 stories)
Andy Stewart
Hannah Sutherland (for 1 story)
Sam Szanto
M Q Tate
J M Thomas
Julia Vaughan
David Wass
Daniel Watt
Gillian Welby (for 4 stories)
Katherine William-Powlett
F S Williams
Anne Wilson (for 2 stories)
James Woolf
Alex Zyms

Congratulations to you all!

The short list will be announced, and the three placed stories published here on our website, on 12th December.

July 2020 – Shortlist and winners

We had a fantastic response to our special offer this quarter, with lots of writers taking advantage of being able to submit 4 stories for the price of 3. (We’re repeating the offer this quarter.) The judges have thoroughly enjoyed reading all the eligible entries, and it has been a tougher task than ever to get down to the shortlist and the final three placed stories.

But we’ve managed it, and here they are. Congratulations to:

1st: Sharon BoyleMoth Woman

2nd: Andrew StottThe Well

3rd: Annalise TaylorHow To Take An Inventory

Prize money is on its way to you, and your stories are published here on our website.

Well done to the following writers who made it onto the shortlist:

Matt Allen; Edward Barnfield; Cath Barton; Oliver Barton; James Hancock (2 stories); Margaret McDonald; Robbie McHarg (2 stories); Lindsay McKean; Liane Smith; Alan John Wilson.

Our next competition is now open: maximum 1500 words, any theme/genre, deadline October 31st.

And if you write flash fiction, our new competition is also open: max 500 words, deadline November 30th.

July 2020 – Long List

Our special offer this quarter of 4 entries for the price of 3 proved massively popular – just as we though it would – and we received the biggest collection of entries since the competition started. It’s been a huge task whittling them down to the long list, but we’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading the entries.

So much so that we’ve decided to extend the offer to the current quarter!

For our current short story competition competition – deadline 31st October 2020 – you can once again take advantage of entering four stories for the price of three. Take a look here for the details – then get writing!

However – We’re still receiving some entries that do not adhere to our rules, and therefore have had to be disqualifed. If you’re entering the competition, please read all the terms of entry very carefully, to ensure your story is in with the best chance of being considered.

Even if you’ve entered our competition before, go back and check the rules again. Make sure you’ve got everything right – not just the word count, but the layout and document title requirements too. Make sure your document has a covering page, containing all the information we need.

It’s all there in the rules – make sure you read them thoroughly.

In the meantime, we’re delighted to reveal our long list of authors for the July 2020 competition:

Matthew Allen (for 2 stories)
Edward Barnfield
Catherine Barton (for 1 story)
Oliver Barton (for 2 stories)
Sharon Boyle (for 2 stories)
Kevin Cheeseman
Steve Deighan
Ellen Evers
James Hancock (for 3 stories)
Gwenda Major

Margaret McDonald (for 3 stories)

Robbie McHarg (for 3 stories)
Lindsay McKean (for 2 stories)
Stephanie Ryback (for 2 stories)
Ruth Saunderson (for 2 stories)
Liane Smith (for 4 stories)
Andrew Stott
Giles Talarek (for 1 story)
Annalise Taylor (for 2 stories)
Gillian Welby (for 1 story)

Alan John Wilson (for 1 story)

Congratulations to you all!

The short list will be announced, and the three placed stories published here on our website, on 11th September.

April 2020 – Shortlist and winners

Here it is – the results of our latest short story competition. The judges have had a tough time chosing from the longlist of entries. After much deliberation, the shortlist and three placed stories have now been selected. Congratulations to:

1st: Alan KennedyThe Storyteller’s Gift

2nd: Gillian WelbyNews Flash In Manchester

3rd: James HancockFlip Flop

Prize money is on its way to you, and your stories are published here on our website.

Well done to the following writers who made it onto the shortlist:

Peter Boyle; Carole Garrett; James Harvey; Ali Said; Alexis Wolfe; Jack Young.

Our next competition is now open, and we have a special offer on it: maximum 1500 words, any theme/genre, deadline July 31st. We look forward to reading your entries.

April 2020 – Long List

There’s no denying it – it’s been the strangest of times over the past three months. The number of entries we receive each quarter continues to grow – and we’re certain that, this time round, lockdown has played a part in that. In fact, we’ve decided this quarter to put on a special offer for our competition: you can enter 4 stories for the price of 3 – read all about it here.

Meanwhile, the judges have enjoyed reading all qualifying entries for the April 2020 competition, and we’re delighted to publish our long list below.

However – We’re still receiving some entries that do not adhere to our rules, and therefore have had to be disqualifed. If you’re entering the competition, please read all the terms of entry very carefully, to ensure your story is in with the best chance of being considered.

Even if you’ve entered our competition before, go back and check the rules again. Make sure you’ve got everything right – not just the word count, but the layout and document title requirements too. Make sure your document has a covering page, containing all the information we need.

It’s all there in the rules – make sure you read them thoroughly.

In the meantime, we’re delighted to reveal our long list of authors for the April 2020 competition:

Peter Boyle
Carole Garrett
James Hancock (for 3 stories)
James Harvey

Alyson Hilbourne
Peter Jones

Alan Kennedy (for 1 story)
Matt Oliver  (for 2 stories)
Melanie Roussel
Ali Said
Gillian Welby (for 2 stories)

Sue Whytock
Anne Wilson (for 1 story)
Alexis Wolfe
Jack Young (for 1 story)

Congratulations to you all!

We now have the dauntning task of whittling down your great stories to a short list, before chosing first, second and third places. The short list will be announced, and the three placed stories published here on our website, on 11th June.

January 2020 – Shortlist and winners

Our competition grows bigger every quarter, and the judges have had their toughest time yet chosing from the longlist of entries. After much deliberation, though, the shortlist and three placed stories have now been selected. Congratulations to:

1st: Nicki ParkinsTurnstone

2nd: Joe BedfordThe House Always Wins

3rd: Sherry MorrisNever Going Green

Prize money is on its way to you, and your stories are published here on our website.

Well done to the following writers who made it onto the shortlist:

Susan Conrad; Richard Garcka; Connor Gherasim; James Harvey; Lauren O’Donoghue; Ruth Saunderson; Michele Seagrove; Jack Young.

Our next competition is now open: maximum 1500 words, any theme/genre, deadline April 30th. We look forward to reading your entries.