Prompt Competition

Our quarterly Prompt Competition is open all year round.

Each quarter we will provide a new prompt or set of prompts, which your entries must incorporate.

Each story must be between 700 – 1000 words (not including the title).


THIS QUARTER’S PROMPT:

Dialogue only

No ‘he said’, ‘she said’. No paragraphs of description.
Your story must only contain dialogue.

That’s it! There’s no other restriction on your story
(apart from the word count, of course.)


The deadline for this quarter is 10am UK time on 1st October 2022.

You can enter up to three stories.

OUR ‘4 for 3’ SPECIAL OFFER APPLIES TO THE PROMPT COMPETITION THROUGHOUT 2022.

Entry fees for one or two stories remain the same, but if you pay the £10 entry fee you can enter FOUR stories instead of the usual three.

Entry fees: £5 for the first | plus £3 for the second | plus £2 for the third (and fourth)

Prizes
1st – £150
2nd – £75
3rd – £30

The three placed stories from each quarter will be published on this website. Future anthologies will also be considered, published by Cranked Anvil Press, in which the winning stories – along with a selection of short- and long-listed stories from each quarter – will be published.

The results will be announced here (and in our social media) within six weeks of the deadline.

Please ensure you read the rules for condition of entry.

Go to our entry page here to pay your entry fee and enter.

Good luck! – We look forward to reading your stories.


PREVIOUS PROMPTS

JUN 22

Your story must take place within a 24 hour time frame
Weather should play a role in your story
It must contain the words STOOL, CONSULT, and LANGUID

MAR 22

Your story must include an animal
It must take place in more than one location
And it must contain the words PENCIL, RETIRE, and QUICKLY