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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.

Get involved with us in the next stage at Cranked Anvil Media

Our two quarterly writing competitions – the 1500 word short story and the 500 word flash fiction – are both in full swing now, as regular visitors to our website will know. We’ve already got a bumper crop of entries for our current submission windows (ending October and November) and we’re looking forward to receiving a lot more.

We’ve already got an impressive back catalogue of winning and short-listed entries, and we’re very excited about the next stage of Cranked Anvil’s development. We want our regular writers and subscribers to be in on the act from the beginning, so here’s what we want you to do…

Like our facebook page.

Click this link to head over to the page and click like.

But why? we hear you ask.

Well, it’s on the facebook page where we’ll be posting a lot more exclusive content and information in the near future, and that’s the best place to see it and get notifications of its existence. This will include pre-recorded and live videos, and news of our upcoming published anthologies.

 

Anthologies

Yes, the first anthology is on its way. Cranked Anvil Press is currently hard at work putting together a selection of work from our first year of short stories, and we can’t wait to share more info about it with you. Make sure you like our page to keep fully up to date.

 

Videos/live broadcasts

An exciting new idea we’re currently working on is to present readings of some of the best stories we’ve received and published. We’re thinking of it as a kind of ‘grown-up Jackanory for the 21st century’! There’ll be plenty more news and information as the project develops, which is why you need to like the facebook page now to get all the latest updates.

We also want to hear what you have to say about this and other projects, so while you’re following us on the facebook page, why not also jump on twitter and follow us there as well, where we’ll be asking questions, putting out polls, as well as giving you all the latest information on all our projects.

 

So what are you waiting for?

Get writing, and get liking. And if you know of a few writer friends who don’t yet subscribe to our website, drop them an email and let them know.

We can’t wait to welcome you as part of our team!

Our new FLASH FICTION competition is now open for submissions

Writers and authors visiting Cranked Anvil regularly will know that we’ve been running our 1500 word short story competition for about 18 months now. With rolling submissions open quarterly throughout the year, the competition has grown from strength to strength, and we love reading all the short stories we receive. (Our next shortlist and three placed winning stories will be announced on 11th September, with the three top stories published here on our website.)

So why a new Flash Competition?

Flash fiction is an increasingly popular form, and we’ve been noticing more and more that many entries into our regular short story competition take the form of flash fiction – often with a word count below 500 words.

So we thought: why not open a seperate comp – with diferent deadline dates – for those who want to focus on writing and submitting flash fiction?

Click the image to go to the Flash Fiction page.

Of course, our regular 1500 word short story competition is still continuing to run, but now writers also have the chance to submit flash fiction – any theme or genre – for a chance to win cash prizes and publication on our website.

The first comp is now open for entries – just £3 for one story, or £5 for two.

Make sure you read and adhere to all the rules, and then enter your story here. We also reccomend that you familiarise yourself with our GDPR/Privacy Policy here.

The deadline is 30th November. We look forward to reading your work.

 

 

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.

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.