Short Story Competition Guidelines

Winter Short Story contestOur Winter Short Story Competition opens on November 1st 2019. Please check back regularly for updates.

Prizes: Yes, we give prizes! £100 for 1st, £25 to each of two runners up. Winners must have a PayPal account to receive any prize.

Story length: between 2000 and 5000 words. We’re not super strict on a few words either way, but please 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: FREE (but donations are welcome, 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: the competition is unthemed.

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.

What rights are you giving away? The authors retain all rights to their stories. By entering the competition authors grant a licence to Askance to publish their stories online and/or in print and to use all or part of a story to promote Askance.

Dates: The competition opens on November 1st 2019 and closes for entries on January 31st 2020. Winners will be notified by 15th March 2020.

Note: We’ve never done so yet, but we always reserve the right to withhold all or part of the prizes if in the judges opinion no story received justifies making the award.

Ready to enter? Follow these simple rules.
1. Prepare your document containing only your story – no personal identifying information within the document, the contest is judged blind.
2. Make a donation to Askance via Paypal by clicking here (we recommend a maximum of £10) OR order one of our books OR skip this if you don’t wish to donate or purchase.
3. Email with the subject of your email as “Winter Short Story Comp 2019 -” followed by the title of your story. In the body of your email include your full name and address and attach your story document to the email (not in the body of the email please). Please give your document the same name as the title of your story – it makes life a lot simpler!
4. If you haven’t heard back from us in 48 hours, contact us again to check your story has arrived with us.

Any questions? Contact us.