Monday, 8 February 2021

The Leicester Writes Short Story Prize 2021

We’re thrilled to announce the Leicester Writes Short Story Prize 2021 is now open for entries. We’re looking for new and original fiction under 3,500 words.

Stories can be any length (up to 3,500 words) style, or subject. There is no set theme.

£5 per story. Max three entries per person.


1st Prize – £150

2nd Prize – £50

3rd Prize – £25

A longlist of a maximum of 20 stories will be published in an anthology. A shortlist will be selected by our esteemed judging panel, including writers Rebecca Burns and Melissa Fu.

Deadline: 1st June 2021


Please use the form below to submit your entry. As we read submissions blind please do not put your name on your entry or in your file name. Your file must be saved as a .doc or .docx file otherwise it will not be accepted. This year we are also offering a short feedback report of up to 250 words on your story. The fee for this is £30 and must be selected at the time of submission.

See Full rules.

Tuesday, 2 February 2021

Poetry Ireland Introductions

Applications are now open for Poetry Ireland Introductions 2021, which will offer poets in the early stages of their careers, writing in Irish or English, the opportunity to showcase their work through workshops and performance.

The poets selected for Introductions 2021 will participate in a workshop focused on poetic form and craft, as well as a masterclass on the art of reading and performing poetry in public. A third workshop will be offered on preparing a first collection.

Poetry Ireland Introductions 2021 will culminate in a number of public readings during the prestigious International Literature Festival Dublin.

Poetry Ireland is delighted to announce that poet Séan Hewitt will select this year’s participants and will also lead the form and craft workshop, which will take place in April. The performance workshop will be led by Jessica Traynor, and a workshop on shaping and maintaining your day-today practice as a poet will be led by Annemarie Ní Churreáin.

Alumni of the Introductions series include: Caoilinn Hughes, Andrew Jamison, Eleanor Hooker, Martin Dyar, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Kerrie O’Brien, Jane Clarke, Victoria Kennefick, Erin Fornoff, Alvy Carragher, Stephen Connolly, and Stephen Sexton.

Introductions poets have subsequently been published by Dedalus Press, The Gallery Press, Salmon Poetry, and Carcanet Press, and their work has gone on to win numerous awards, including the Rooney Prize, the Michael Hartnett Award, and acknowledgement at the Irish Book Awards. Former participants have also received invitations to read nationally and internationally, from Cork to New York, Belfast to Mumbai.

How to apply:

Interested poets should submit their work to be considered for selection for Introductions 2021. Applicants are required to submit:
A short biography and covering letter.
A selection of published or unpublished poems (no more than 10 pages in total).
Your cover letter and selection of poems should be emailed in one attached Word or PDF document to
Multiple attachments WILL NOT be accepted. If you do not follow these guidelines, your submission will be immediately disqualified.

Submitting poets should ideally have had work published in established journals and magazines, and will be working towards a first collection.
While there is a minimum age requirement of 18, there is no upper age limit; emerging poets of any age are welcome to apply.
Only poets resident on the island of Ireland or Irish poets living abroad may apply. Successful applicants must be available to attend both the workshops and the reading in Ireland in the spring. We cannot cover any travel expenses from abroad.
Applications are assessed by an independent, established adjudicator.
Selected applicants are usually informed within four weeks of the deadline and, depending on the number of submissions, approximately 12 poets are selected each year.
We encourage submissions from poets who are currently underrepresented in Irish poetry, including but not limited to: poets of colour, people with varied gender and sexual identities, poets with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.

Application Deadline: 
Sunday 7 February 2021    

If you have any questions, please email

Thursday, 28 January 2021

Competition: BBC National Short Story Award 2021

Competition deadline: 15th March 2021

This year’s BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University (NSSA) is now open for submissions, with novelist and former Radio 4 Commissioning Editor for Arts James Runcie chairing the judging panel.

Runcie will be joined by a group of acclaimed writers and critics: Booker Prize shortlisted novelist Fiona Mozley; award winning writer, poet and winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize, Derek Owusu; multi-award winning Irish novelist and short story writer, Donal Ryan; and returning judge, Di Speirs, Books Editor at BBC Radio.

The BBC National Short Story Award is one of the most prestigious for a single short story, with the winning author receiving £15,000, and four further shortlisted authors £600 each. The stories are broadcast on Radio 4 and published in an anthology by Comma Press.

Terms and Conditions

Please read the below in full to ensure that the author whose work is due to be submitted and their short story are eligible for the Award. Instructions on entering can be found in the Entry Instructions here


1.1 In order to establish a manageable longlist all entries will initially be read by at least two (2) sifters, all of whom have expertise in the literary field, against reading guidelines set by the BBC and Cambridge University. The best 50 stories will be put forward to the judges who will be responsible for compiling a shortlist of five (5) outstanding short stories submitted for the BBC National Short Story Award 2021 with Cambridge University (“the Award”), from which they will select the winning story.

1.2 The winning award is worth £15,000 and this will be presented to the author of the best, eligible short story, in the opinion of the judges.

1.3 There will be four (4) awards of £600 for the other four (4) shortlisted stories.

1.4 The five stories shortlisted are recorded, produced and broadcast by BBC Radio 4 (see section 3 for further details).

1.5 The five stories shortlisted are published in an anthology (see section 3 for further details).

2.1 The Award is open to British nationals and UK residents, aged 18 years or over on the submission deadline (9am GMT Monday 15th March 2021) only, who have a prior record of publication in creative writing in the United Kingdom (see clause 2.8). Proof of nationality and/or residency may be requested of shortlisted writers.

2.2 The story must not exceed eight thousand (8,000) words.

2.3 Entries may be submitted by the author or by their publisher or agent on their behalf.

2.4 Stories which were previously entered into any of the following are ineligible:
(i) the National Short Story Prize 2006 or 2007;
(ii) the BBC National Short Story Award 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017;
(iii) the BBC International Short Story Award 2012;
(iv) the BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University 2018 , 2019, or 2020.
It is the entrant’s responsibility to check they have not entered a story previously.

2.5 No more than one story per author may be submitted. It is the responsibility of the author to make sure that there is not more than one of their stories submitted in total. If more than one story is submitted, only the first story received will be considered.

2.6. Authors can only enter individually and not as part of a writing team.

2.7 The story entered must either:
(i) be unpublished; or
(ii) be first published or scheduled for publication/broadcast on or after 1 January 2020: in print by an established UK publisher; first published online by an established newspaper, magazine, journal or periodical; first broadcast on a national radio station or television channel. See 2.8 for definitions.

2.8 The author must have a prior record of publication in creative writing in the United Kingdom before the closing date for entries, Monday 15 March 2021. This means the author must previously have had a work or works of prose fiction, drama or poetry published by an established UK book publisher (including e-book and audio publication), published in print or online by an established printed newspaper, magazine, journal, periodical in the UK, or broadcast by a UK national broadcaster or content provider. The prior record of publication must be the sole work of the author and not written as part of a writing team.

2.8.1 For the avoidance of doubt, ‘established UK publisher’ means a publishing house or company that publishes a list of titles by different authors, that produces titles with an ISBN and sells them in pounds sterling, and that distributes them through established retail outlets.

2.8.2 For the avoidance of doubt, ‘established newspaper, magazine, journal or periodical’ means a periodical that is printed regularly (at least annually) that has been in circulation for at least the past 12 months, has an ISBN or ISSN number and is not self-published; or has a paid subscription-based website.

2.8.3 For the avoidance of doubt, ‘a UK national broadcaster’ means a national radio station or television channel. It does not include podcasts.

2.8.4 None of the following will constitute a ‘record of prior publication’:

(i) self-published material of any kind;
(ii) work published via commercial arrangement through which the publisher is paid by the author;
(iii) online publication via an author’s own website or blog, or a writing community site;
(iv) translation of a fictional work;
(v) a piece of creative writing pending publication.

2.8.5 The work/s that constitute a prior record of creative writing can be a work/s for children, but the short story submitted must be aimed at adult readers and listeners. Other acceptable creative writing forms are poetry and plays.

2.9 The story submitted must be, and by submission of the Entry Form is warranted to: (i) be original, fictional, and entirely the author’s own work; (ii) not have been submitted for an earlier BBC National Short Story Award, as detailed in 2.4 above; (iii) not infringe the copyright or any other rights of any third party; (iv) not be defamatory of any living person or corporate body; and (v) and be suitable for broadcast on BBC Radio 4.
2.10 If the story has been adapted, extracted or extended from an existing piece of published/broadcast fiction, including a piece published/broadcast or scheduled for publication/broadcast after 1 January 2020, please indicate where specified on the Entry Form. Further, by submitting the Entry Form the entrant warrants that they or the story submitted will not bring the BBC or Cambridge University into disrepute. Breach of any of these warranties will result in disqualification of the entry.
2.11 The Award is not open to employees of the BBC, BBC Group company, Cambridge University or anyone connected with the Award or their direct family members. Proof of identity and eligibility may be requested.

2.12 Entries are limited to stories written in English, or if written in Gaelic or Welsh must include a translation.

2.13 A short story that was published and/or is entered posthumously will not be eligible for the Award.

3.1 By submitting a story for the Award the entrant hereby acknowledges and agrees that the winning or any other shortlisted story:

3.1.1 may be read out or reproduced in a BBC programme, podcast, website or app, that is then:
(i) broadcast (in whole or in part) (including repeats and trails) on the BBC’s publicly funded services which includes its radio services and via the BBC’s website and on-line services (including on BBC Sounds), as well as featured in a BBC podcast available for permanent download; and
(ii) (should the BBC decide to do this) made available, sold and distributed (in whole or in part) together with other content and on compilations for audio publication;

Such uses would be subject to a separate agreement between the entrant and the BBC, including payment of broadcast fees and royalties in accordance with the BBC’s appropriate standard terms and conditions for use of the work. The entrant agrees to accept the BBC’s appropriate standard terms and conditions for these uses. Further to this, by submitting the story the entrant confirms there is no restriction in respect of the story, which would prevent the above

3.1.2 will be available on the BBC’s website.

3.1.3 may be used for publicity purposes around the Award, (including Student Critics – see clause 3.4) and published in full or as an extract in print or online.

3.1.4 will be listened to, discussed and critiqued by groups of 16 – 18 year olds participating in Student Critics with Cambridge University (see 3.4).
3.1.5 will be used by Cambridge for teaching purposes and (including but not limited to course publicity and promotional purposes in print or online). In addition, the BBC’s recordings will also be shared with Cambridge for the above purposes.
3.2 By submitting a story the entrant agrees that the BBC may in its sole discretion edit, adapt or abridge it for the sole purposes of broadcast and other activities set out above.
3.3 In the event that an official BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University Anthology containing the shortlisted entries is published, the author or publisher will be deemed to have granted a non-exclusive license for such publication and distribution (including via electronic distribution such as Kindle, Kobo or Nook devices), and for future award publications, and they or their agents will clear the necessary rights for such publication and distribution. The rights for publication of each shortlisted story will be non-exclusive, with no bar on publication rights elsewhere, and the Anthology will include full acknowledgement of any existing publication containing the shortlisted and winning stories. The copyright of each individual story featured in the Anthology remains with the authors, and they retain the moral right to be identified as the authors of the stories.
3.4 Schools from across the UK may take part in Student Critics with Cambridge University which is a shadowing scheme enabling 16-18 year old students to listen to and critique the shortlist of the BBC National Short Story Award 2021 with Cambridge University. The audio of the stories will be available to schools via BBC Sounds, along with supporting resources, to afford the students an enriching experience that brings literature to life.

4.1 The BBC National Short Story Award 2021 with Cambridge University will be looking for the best new writing emerging since 1 January 2020, and will consider all entries on the basis of quality and originality of prose and narrative voice. The Award aims to support and celebrate excellence in the short story form.

4.2 Judging of the Award will be in five stages:
Stage 1: All eligible entries will be read and judged anonymously by at least two (2) readers against the Award reading guidelines. Readers will be from a mixture of backgrounds, with literary expertise, and drawn from across the BBC and Cambridge University’s networks;
Stage 2: A longlist of approximately the best fifty (50) stories will then be put forward to the judging panel (this longlist is not officially published). The judging panel will read all longlisted stories anonymously.
Stage 3: Judges may also review the full list of authors who entered to the Award, in order to call in a maximum of five (5) entries each which were not longlisted in Stage 1. This collective pool of a maximum of twenty five (25) stories will be randomly and anonymously allocated to individual judges for consideration alongside the longlist. Should an individual judge decide that an entry merits collective consideration, the entry will be circulated to all judges.
Stage 4: The judges will together discuss and select a shortlist of five (5) outstanding short stories submitted for the Award;
Stage 5: The judging panel will together discuss and agree on the winning story from the shortlist of five (5). In reaching its decisions, the judges will adopt a preferential voting system. In the unlikely event of there being a tie, the Chairperson will have the casting vote.

4.3 Shortlisted writers will be contacted personally by email or by telephone.

4.4 The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

4.5 The judging will be fair and independent. The judging panel will be appointed by the Award team, comprised of representatives from the BBC and Cambridge University. The judging panel will include a representative from the BBC and distinguished literary professionals. All judges are required to declare any financial interests in relation to any entrants.

4.6 This Award complies with the BBC’s editorial guidelines. Any permitted reference to the Award by the winner and shortlisted writers will be outlined by the BBC. Please see:

5.1 The BBC is responsible for administering the Award, supported by the Award team which consists of representatives from the BBC and Cambridge University.

5.2 If entries for the Award are submitted by post, then a Postal Entry Forms and eight (8) copies of the short story must be received at The BBC National Short Story Award 2021 with Cambridge University, Books, Room 6015, Radio Drama, BBC Broadcasting House, W1A 1AA by 9am (GMT) Monday 15 March 2021. For entries submitted online, an Entry Form must be completed at by 9am (GMT) Monday 15 March 2021.

5.3 The Award team will not acknowledge receipt of entries and does not accept any responsibility for late, lost or damaged entries. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt.
Entries successfully submitted online will receive an automated acknowledgement message on-screen; entrants will not receive a message to the email address provided.

5.4 Please note that no stories entered can be returned.

5.5 The shortlist is likely to be announced on Friday 10 September 2021 and the winner on Tuesday 5 October 2021 (dates are subject to change). Both announcements will be published on the BBC website ( Please check back on the BBC website for updates. In addition, if it is deemed appropriate, a list of stories highly commended by the judges will also be published on both websites as an addendum to the announcement of the shortlist. By entering the Award, the entrant agrees to their name and the title of their story being published on these websites in the event only of their story being shortlisted or commended by the judges.

5.6.1 Shortlisted finalists may be asked by the BBC Editor of Books to disclose details of any criminal proceedings pending against them, including any unspent convictions. The BBC will not require shortlisted finalists to provide information relating to spent convictions. Finalists asked for this information must keep the BBC informed of any changes to that disclosed up to the point the winner is announced. This information will be shared with the BBC’s editorial policy advisor for the BBC National Short Award and be handled in the strictest confidence and as with all personal information, in accordance with the BBC’s privacy notice, please see below. If asked to disclose, the duty to disclose remains up until November 2021: if anything relevant occurs between the initial disclosure and November 2021, entrants should inform the BBC.
5.6.2 Following standard industry practice, the Award team may undertake background checks (with the exception of criminal proceedings pending and unspent convictions – see 5.6.1) of the shortlisted finalists. Information discovered or that may have been disclosed by the entrants themselves will inform the decision as to the selection of the finalists. Disqualification will not be automatic but the decision is in the sole discretion of the BBC.

5.7 Entrants must supply full details as required above, and comply with all rules to be eligible for the Award. Ineligible, obscene or fraudulent entries will be automatically disqualified.

5.8 The Award team reserves the right to cancel this Award at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, or if circumstances arise outside of its control.

5.9 The Award team reserves the right to refuse entry to the Award for any reason at its absolute discretion.

5.10 By submitting a story the entrant agrees in the event of being shortlisted or winning the Award to (or if the entrant is the Author’s publisher or agent has secured the author’s agreement that the author will) make every attempt to attend the Award ceremony on 5 October 2021(date is subject to change), and to also undertake a mutually acceptable limited programme of activities to promote the Award particularly immediately after the shortlist and winner are announced. Entrants are responsible for all reasonable costs associated with attending the Award ceremony.

5.11 For the avoidance of doubt, any publisher, agent or other submitter who submits an Entry on behalf of its author shall be responsible for inviting and making every attempt to ensure their author’s attendance at the Award ceremony (if one is held) and any further activity agreed. Entrants are responsible for all reasonable costs associated with attending the Award ceremony.

5.12 The entrant agrees that they will contribute to publicity and promotional activities, including events, for the Award and hereby grant the BBC all necessary rights in their contribution for press/publicity activities for the Award for all media in perpetuity. The entrant agrees to obtain the BBC’s prior written agreement before taking on any of its own publicity or promotional activity relating to their involvement in the Award. In the event that the entrant is informed that their story has been shortlisted or won the award, the entrant must not publish or otherwise let it be publically known of this fact (such as via online forums, Twitter, Facebook, etc.) until such time as the official announcement is made, failing which the Award team may at its sole discretion disqualify the entry and revise the shortlist and (if applicable) winning entry.

5.13 Entrants will be deemed to have accepted these rules and to have agreed to be bound by them when entering this Award. The Award team may at its sole discretion disqualify the entry and/or reclaim any award and revise the shortlist and (if applicable) winning entry, if it considers that the entrant has not complied with the terms and conditions contained herein (such as that the work is not original, fictional, and entirely the author’s own work).

5.14 A publisher or agent who submits a story on behalf of an author shall be deemed by the act of submitting that author’s story for the BBC National Short Story Award 2021 with Cambridge University to have obtained the author’s informed permission and approval of all terms and conditions contained herein and to have taken on the responsibility of guaranteeing and procuring the author’s compliance with the terms and conditions set out herein. If such publisher or agent has failed to do so, the Award team may at its sole discretion disqualify the entry and/or reclaim any award and revise the shortlist and (if applicable) winning entry.

5.15 The entrant acknowledges and agrees that to the extent permitted by law, the BBC, Cambridge University and any other person(s) in connection with the Award will not be liable for any loss or damage (whether such damage or losses were foreseen, foreseeable, known or otherwise) including financially and/or to reputation and/or disappointment, suffered by any entrant or publisher or agent on behalf of an author, entering the Award or as a result of accepting any Award.

5.16 These rules and the entry submitted in accordance with them shall constitute a contract governed by the exclusive laws and the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

Monday, 18 January 2021

Blackwater Press Short Story Contest

Short Story Contest

Blackwater Press is pleased to announce its first short story contest!

Our theme is our Blackwater Press logo.

We accept short stories only (maximum 10,000 words, minimum 1000). Entrants may approach the theme however they wish. What sort of bird is the Blackwater bird? Where is the Blackwater bird going? What are its problems? Where does it live? To whom does it answer? Has someone metamorphosed like poor Gregor Samsa? Wherever your inspiration takes you, we want to read it.

The winning entry (as judged by the editors at Blackwater) will receive $150, with two runners up receiving $50. In addition, we will publish the top ten entries in a short story collection in 2021, with all winners receiving two free copies.

How to enter:

The entry fee is $5, which can be sent using the button at the bottom of the page. Please send your entry as a Word document to with 'Short Story Contest' in the subject. Remember, only once we have received your payment will your entry be confirmed. Entries should be double-spaced with an easy-to-read font. We accept American and British spellings and usage. Include a brief bio in the email, and title the document with your last name-short story (e.g, Bupp-short-story.docx).

Deadline is midnight on January 31, 2021. Winners will be notified in March (barring any extraordinary circumstances). Good luck!

Nature and Place Poetry Competition 2021


The Rialto working in association with the RSPB, BirdLife International and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative

Poems are invited that deal with any aspect of nature and place – these terms will be given a wide interpretation by the judge Daljit Nagra. Closing Date March 1st 2021

1st prize – £1000
2nd prize – £500
3rd prize – £250

A personal tour with Nick Davies of his beloved Wicken Fen the location of his long term research studies of cuckoos.

Nick Davies is Professor of Behavioural Ecology at the University of Cambridge. For many years his work has focused on the evolutionary battle between cuckoos and their hosts and has been based at Wicken Fen in Cambridge. In 2015 Nick published Cuckoo: Cheating by Nature, a book David Attenborough describes as, ‘an amazing detective story by one of the country’s greatest field naturalists’.

The prize does not include the cost of travel or accommodation.


Daljit Nagra

Daljit’s four poetry collections, all with Faber & Faber, have won the Forward Prizes for Best Individual Poem, and for Best First Collection, the South Bank Show Decibel Award, the Cholmondley Award, and have been shortlisted for the Costa Prize and, twice, for the TS Eliot Prize. Daljit is a PBS New Generation Poet whose poems have appeared in The New Yorker, the LRB and the TLS, and his journalism in the FT and The Guardian. The inaugural Poet-in-Residence for Radio 4 & 4 Extra, he presents the weekly Poetry Extra. He also serves on the Council of the Royal Society of Literature, and teaches at Brunel University, London.


You can submit up to six poems in one batch, the entry fee for the first poem is £7 and includes an administration fee, the fee for each subsequent poem in the batch is £4.

If entering more than 1 poem, please load your poems as separate files and pay the appropriate fee.

If you wish to submit more than six poems you will need to make a second submission which will include a second administration fee.

Please note we require poems to be sent as either as a Adobe PDF or a Microsoft Word .doc or a .docx. Please retain all emails from Submittable regarding your submission and transaction.

Enter here using Submittable.

If you have any queries regarding the competition please contact

There are a limited number of free entries available for writers on low incomes. These will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, and will cover the submission of up to two poems. To qualify, you should be in receipt in one or more of the following: Universal Credit, or any of the benefits that it is replacing, DLA (or PIP), Council Tax Support, Pension Credit, Housing Benefit, or international equivalents. To enter, please email your poem to along with a scan of a recent letter proving your eligibility. Entries will be anonymised and entered into the Submittable system.

Closing date of the Competition is midnight on March 1 2021.
The Competition is open to anyone over the age of 18, other than Rialto team members and staff of the RSPB, CCI and UK staff of BirdLife International.
Poems must have a title and must be no more than 40 lines, excluding the title, and be typed in black ink on one side of A4.
Poems must be the original work of the entrant and must not have been published, self-published or published online or broadcast. Poems are judged anonymously so the poet’s name address etc., MUST NOT appear on the poem.
Poems must be written in English.
No corrections can be made to poems entered, nor can fees be refunded.
Entries cannot be returned.
If you require confirmation that your postal entry has arrived please enclose a stamped self-addressed postcard marked ‘Acknowledgement’.
Copyright of each poem remains with the poet, but by entering the competition you give the organisers the right to publish the winning poems both online and in printed media.
The judge’s decision is final and neither they nor the organisers will enter into any correspondence.
Prizewinners will be notified in April, and lists of the prizewinners and the long-listed contestants will be published on The Rialto website.
The competition organisers reserve the right to change the judge without notice and not to award prizes if in the judge’s opinion such an action is justified.



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Never Such Innocence 2020/21 Competition

The 2020/21 Competition is Open for Entries! Scroll Down to Enter!

This year’s theme is… The Unheard Voices of Conflict: Stories from Around the World

Share your reflections on conflict or give a voice to those who may not have one. To inspire your poetry, art, speech or song, use the 5Ws to explore the theme.

Who? This could be a conflict that has affected you / your family, or you could bring to light someone else’s story.

What? Conflict comes in many forms. What conflict affects you?

When? You can look at a historical or current conflict.

Where? This could be within your local community or around the world.

Why? New voices and perspectives are important if we are to understand the true impact of conflict.

Some examples of an ‘unheard voice’ could include: A personal family story relating to conflict, the feelings of a service child who has a parent deployed, the perspective of people from a defeated army, refugees fleeing from their homes, the perspective of indigenous or minority groups, young people caught in the midst of conflict, or if animals could speak - what would they say? Feel free to be creative with how you interpret the theme! Scroll down to see some examples created by other young people!

NSI goodies and other exciting opportunities - to be confirmed when we can!

The Volksbund had kindly offered 4 spots into their summer camp for first place winners in the 16-18 age category of each section of the competition! More details to come soon!
The competition will run from Friday 4th September 2020 - Friday 19th March 2021


Taking Part


The most important things to know before you enter:

The simplest way to enter is online, which you can do by clicking the buttons below. If you would like to send us a physical copy of your work, please send it to: Never Such Innocence, 11 Slingsby Place, London, WC2E 9AB. To request a physical entry form, please email We regret that we are unable to return work due to the volume of entries we receive.

You are welcome to enter each category once - Poetry, Art, Speech and Song - a total of four entries per person.

Please don’t filter your entries - every single participant receives a special personalised Certificate of Commendation!

If you are an individual submitting one piece of work, please use the Individual Entry Form.

If entering one work created by a group of young people please use a Group Entry Form. Include everyone’s names on the entry form, so that all of the young people receive a certificate.

If you would like to submit multiple works by different young people, please use the Multiple Entry Form.

Any problems just ask us! We are a small and dedicated team and will be more than happy to assist, email us at or call 020 7836 2603.


Farnham Flash Fiction Competition 2021

Flash Fiction Competition 2021

The Farnham Flash Fiction Competition is co-ordinated and facilitated by Creative Catalogues and Sally Dickson.

Have you a 500-word-story waiting to be written?

How to enter:
1. Format your story as a Word doc, font 12px Times New Roman, double spaced. Add word count.
2. Please do not include your name, pen name or identifier on your competition submission
3. Pay £5 competition entry fee using Paypal

4. Forward your PayPal receipt by email to and attach your document
5. Please put : FLASH FICTION SUBMISSION together with the title and author in the subject line
6. In the body of the email include:
a. Your name
​ b. Name of your story
c. Contact details incl. contact phone

​Deadline for competition entries:
Midnight Friday June 4th 2021
​Awards ceremony in Farnham:
Tuesday June 22nd 2021
Plus: ONLINE - Invite to all entrants
7:30pm - 9:30pm

Top Prize: £75 First Runner-up: £25
Best Flash Fiction featuring Farnham: £25

The Leicester Writes Short Story Prize 2021

We’re thrilled to announce the Leicester Writes Short Story Prize 2021 is now open for entries. We’re looking for new and original fiction ...