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Short story competition – 4 for 3 offer extends into 2021

Ever get the feeling you’re going through a sense of deja vu?

Yes, here we are in another lockdown in the UK, with all the inconveniences and uncertainties that it brings.

But one thing that remains ever constant is our 1500 word short story competition!

Last quarter we received the biggest number of entries since the competition began. We were delighted that our special offer of allowing 4 entries for the price of 3 inspired so many of our writers – both new and regular – to create even more great work. We’re currently reading through all eligible entries and creating the longlist.

And because we love it so much WE WANT TO READ MORE!

Which is why we’ve decided, for yet another quarter, to extend the offer and do it all over again! (deadline 31st January 2021).

This will be the third quarter in a row that we’ve done this, as we continue to strive to be a thoroughly affordable and accesible writing competition. It’s open to any theme or genre, the only limit is the word count of 1500 words (not including the title).

The fee for one or two stories remains the same – £5 for one, £8 for two – but if you pay the fee of £10 you will qualify to enter FOUR stories, instead of the usual three. This equates to just £2.50 per story entered; we know of very few paid competitions which are better value than that!

So go on – take advantage of the offer once more. Enjoy creating your four new stories – you have three months in which to write them.

We look forward to reading them.

You can enter the competition here. Make sure you carefully read and abide by all the rules of the competition. If you would like to read previous winners and placed entries, you can do so here.

Meet our first Anthology contributors

You may have noticed recently that we’ve been shouting about our upcoming Short Story Anthology.

Well, we make no apologies for that! We’re very proud of it, and we can’t wait to share the fantastic work written by our thirty-three contributing authors.

Publication date is 16th November, and you can pre-order your copies here.

They make a fantastic Christmas present for anyone in your life who loves reading (including yourself!)

If you’re a regular subscriber to our website you’ll know that our competitions are open to any theme or genre, and the anthology really reflects that, with a fantastic mix of humour, drama, sci-fi, supernatural… you name it, it’s in there!

And here are the authors whose work is featured in the book:

Matt Allen
Andy Banks
Edward Barnfield
Cath Barton
Joe Bedford
Peter Boyle
Sharon Boyle
Richard Garcka
Carole Garrett
James Hancock
Alyson Hilbourne
Sue Hoffman
John Holland
Jason Jackson
Alan Kennedy
Gwenda Major
Robbie McHarg
Lindsay McKean
Sherry Morris
Lauren O’Donoghue
Tony Oswick
Nicki Parkins
J D Revitt
Michele Seagrove
Liane Smith
P J Stephenson
Andrew Stott
Annalise Taylor
Sonia Trickey
Betty Weiner
Gillian Welby
Claire Wilson
Barbara Young

We hope you enjoy reading their stories as much as we have.

And if you’d like the chance to feature in one of our future anthologies – as well as winning cash prizes – take a look at our Short Story and Flash Fiction competitions, and GET WRITING!

Our first print anthology is almost here!

It’s been about a year in the planning and production, but now our first ever print anthology is almost here!

Featuring prize-winning stories from the first year (and a bit) of our short story competition – plus many of the fantastic short-listed entries too – the book is over 170 pages of brilliant fiction.

It will be available to buy EXCLUSIVELY from our website. We’ll be offering readers the chance to pre-order very soon, so keep watching this space, as well as our twitter and facebook, to make sure you stay in the loop.

THIS ANTHOLOGY WILL BE A STRICTLY LIMITED PRINT RUN – once they’re gone, they’re GONE!

(If you’re a contributing author to the anthology and you’re reading this – don’t worry. You’ll hear from us before the book goes on general sale, to make sure you’re able to pre-order all the copies you require!)

Though we say so ourselves, we’re very chuffed with how the volume is turning out, and we can’t wait for you to read this fine collection of stories from thirty-three superb writers. A fantastic value-for-money read if ever there was one – and just in time for Christmas too!

Happy reading folks!

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.

Short story competition – ‘4 stories for the fee of only 3’ offer continues!

Last quarter we received the biggest number of entries into our short story competition since it began over a year ago. No doubt this was thanks to our special offer of allowing 4 entries for the price of 3, and we’re delighted that it inspired so many of our writers – both new and regular – to create even more great work. We’re currently reading through all eligible entries and creating the longlist.

And because we love it so much WE WANT TO READ MORE!

Which is why we’ve decided, for the next quarter, to extend the offer and do it all over again! (deadline 31st October 2020).

The fee for one or two stories remains the same – £5 for one, £8 for two – but if you pay the fee of £10 you will qualify to enter FOUR stories, instead of the usual three. This equates to just £2.50 per story entered; we know of very few paid competitions which are better value than that!

So go on – take advantage of the offer once more. Enjoy creating your four new stories – you have three months in which to write them.

We look forward to reading them.

You can enter the competition here. Make sure you carefully read and abide by all the rules of the competition. If you would like to read previous winners and placed entries, you can do so here.

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.

Short story competition – enter 4 stories for the fee of only 3

It’s fair to say that most people are finding that they’ve got more time on their hands in the current climate, with Covid-19 confining people to their homes for much longer than they would normally spend there.

We know that professional writers – those who earn their living by writing, in whatever genre or capacity – are practised and experienced in spending hours on their own at home, sitting in front of a laptop and bashing out the words to hit their word count or their next deadline.

But those whose writing is more of a hobby are finding they have a lot more time to spend creating stories, characters, and plot lines – and are obviously enjoying doing so! We have seen this with our most recent competition quarter, as the number of entries we received was higher than any before.

Which is why we’ve decided, for this quarter, to extend a special offer for anyone – professional or hobbyist – entering our short story competition for this quarter (deadline 31st July 2020).

The fee for one or two stories remains the same – £5 for one, £8 for two – but if you pay the fee of £10 you will qualify to enter FOUR stories, instead of the usual three. This equates to just £2.50 per story entered; we know of very few paid competitions which are better value than that!

So go on – take advantage of the offer. Enjoy creating your four new stories – you have three months in which to write them.

We look forward to reading them.

 

You can enter the competition here. Make sure you carefully read and abide by all the rules of the competition. If you would like to read previous winners and placed entries, you can do so here.