Short Story Competition

Our quarterly Short Story Competition is open all year round.

Your story/stories can be any theme or genre, but must be a maximum of 1,500 words (not including the title).

The deadline for each competition is midnight on the last day of the following months:

January
April
July
October

You can enter up to three stories in each quarterly competition.

OUR ‘4 for 3’ SPECIAL OFFER APPLIES TO THE SHORT STORY 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 a selection of short- and long-listed stories from each competition will be published.

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

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.

In the meantime, you can read previous winning stories here.