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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 – 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.

£255 prize money to be won in our latest writing competition

There’s no denying it: the lockdown has had a huge effect on everyone. (Understatement of the year!) But in true British stiff upper lip fashion, we’ve seen that people have, for the most part, been keeping calm and carrying on. Even here at Cranked Anvil HQ we’ve finally been able to devote more time and give birth to a long-planned project. (More to come on that soon).

In the meantime, our quarterly short story competition continues, and it has grown from strength to strength since we launched it just over a year ago.

If you’ve found yourself with more time on your hands recently to write that short story you’ve always thought about (or even if you can see yourself setting aside some time over the next couple of days) the current competition is currently running (closing date for entries is 30th April). If you find your story placed in the top three, you could win a share of £255 in prize money, plus full publication here on the Cranked Anvil website. (You can read all of the the winning stories from previous competitions, as well as checking out all the long and short lists.)

We have made the process as simple and clear as possible, with dedicated pages on our site for an overview of the comp, the rules (PLEASE make sure you read them if you’re entering) and for paying your entry fee. (Just £5 for one story, plus £3 for the second, plus £2 for the third. You can enter up to three stories each quarter.)

As always, we’ve kept the competition open to any theme or genre, with a maximum word count of 1,500 (not including the title). If you’ve got a short story lying around that fits the bill – or if you’d like to try rustling one up in the next few days! – then why not give it a try and enter?

Stay safe.

And good luck – we can’t wait to read your writing.

January 2020 – Long List

It’s been the longest period of time that we’ve taken to announce our long list this quarter – due to the increasing number of quality entries we’ve received from all around the world. The judges have enjoyed reading all qualifying entries, 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.

Our competition is featured in this month’s Writing Magazine Competition Guide, which is expected to reach 30,000 subscribers, so we’re expecting a further considerable increase in the number of future entries. So make sure yours has the best chance of being considered by sticking to the rules.

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 youre document has a covering page, containing all the informatio 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 January 2020 competition:

Joe Bedford
Susan Conrad
Richard Garcka (for 2 stories)
Connor Gherasim
James Harvey

Phillipa Hawley
Richard Hooton (for 2 stories)
Sherry Morris  (for 2 stories)
Lauren O’Donoghue
Nicki Parkins
Ruth Saunderson

Michele Seagrove
Gary Smillie
Barbara Young
Jack Young

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 13th March.

Last call for your short stories

It’s almost a year since we started running our quarterly short story competition and we’ve been delighted by the response to it.

The quality of stories we’ve received since it started last year has been superb, and they seem to get better each quarter. (You can read all of the the winning stories from previous competitions, as well as checking out all the long and short lists.)

As always, we’ve kept the competition open to any theme or genre, with a maximum word count of 1,500 (not including the title). If you’ve got a short story lying around that fits the bill – or if you’d like to try rustling one up in the next few days! – then why not give it a try and enter?

The current competition is currently running (closing date for entries is 31st January), but one of the FAQs we’ve received quite a lot lately is: How do I pay my entry fee? We have tried to make the process as simple and clear as possible, with dedicated pages on our site for an overview of the comp, the rules (PLEASE make sure you read them if you’re entering) and for paying your entry fee. (Just £5 for one story, plus £3 for the second, plus £2 for the third. You can enter up to three stories each quarter.)

But if you’re still not sure, and you have a story you want to submit, just contact us directly with your query and we’ll point you in the right direction.

Good luck – we can’t wait to read your writing.

October 2019 – Long List

We received our biggest crop of short story entries yet for the October round of our competition, and we’ve really had our work cut out to select the ones going through to te next stage.

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

We’re delighted to reveal our long list of authors for the October 2019 competition:

Arabella Arnott
Andrew Banks
Dianne Bown-Wilson
Eve Davies
Jane Devoy

James Harvey
Fenja Hill
Jason Jackson
AJ Key
Gwenda Major
Nina Milton

Matt Oliver
Tony Oswick
Peter Pitman
Steve Redshaw
Joan Revitt
Lianne Smith
Claire Wilson
Barbara Young

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 12th December.

Our poll results are in…

Writers who are regular visitors to our site will know that our quarterly short story competition is now well under way, and attracting more and more entries every time, from all around the world.

Not wanting to impose any restrictions on our writers, we have always kept the competition open to any theme or genre. However, our recent poll on twitter fed back some interesting results.

We asked one simple question: when writing for a competition, do you prefer to be set a specific theme each time? At the end of the week-long poll, 69% said they preferred to be set a specific theme, with only 31% saying they would rather the competition was open to any theme.

An interesting result, and one that has got us thinking.

As the current competition is currently running (closing date for entries in 31st January 2020) we are keeping that open to any theme. But watch this space in future, as we may introduce setting a certain theme for at least some of our competitions. We’ll look forward to reading the responses we get.

In the meantime, there’s still plenty of time to enter our current competition. All the rules can be found here. You can also read the top three winning stories from previous competitions, as well as all the long and short lists.

Happy writing!