Short Story Competition Guidelines

Our Short Story Competition is currently closed for entries. Please check back regularly for updates and information on the next competition.

Story length: between 1500 and 3500 words. We’re not super strict but try to stay within these limits.

Format etc: doc, docx or odt, 12-point Times New Roman or similar, A4 or Letter size, 1.5 or double spaced.

Entry fee: announced at the opening of the competition, paid via PayPal.

Submission: via email attachment.

Language: English, whatever English you write. We don’t like pornography, racism, sexism and a whole load of other prejudices but we do understand that sometimes a character may express unwelcome points of view.

Theme: usually the competition is unthemed.

Prizes: yes, we give prizes. Details when the competition is announced.

Simultaneous submissions: yes, but let us know if your story is accepted elsewhere.

Previously published: no, not even on your own website, but something you’ve just shared with friends and family is fine.