And who are we looking for?
Well, we are not looking for the big names of the literary world, rather the talented authors who remain to be discovered, the voices which are as yet unheard, the stories as yet untold, the writers ignored by the publishing industry.
The prize for the monthly competition is £100 to the winner, £25 to the highly commended and £250 for the end of year one.
The Internet gives writers the opportunity to have their voice heard and there are plenty of examples of authors who have gone on to writing careers after their work was first aired on the worldwide web. One of our previous competition winners is currently negotiating a two-book deal.
So, we are inviting stories by writers from any country in the world, to be judged by an experienced panel of writers.
The monthly Global Short Story Competition has proved itself a success for more than five years and has the backing of internationally renowned author Bill Bryson OBE.
Bill, the former Chancellor of Durham University, agreed to support the competition, run by the team here at Inscribe Media Limited, because he shares our passion for writing and for the North-East of England, where we are based.
The competition runs every month with £100 for the winner and £25 for the runner-up and is open to writers from across the world. There is an annual prize of £250 for the best story in a given year.
Chair of the judging panel for the competition is writer Fiona Cooper, a published novelist and short story writer who lives in Northumberland, North-East England.
She has published eight novels, mainly with Serpent's Tail, including Rotary Spokes, Jay Loves Lucy and A Skyhook in the Midnight Sun, which is based in Newcastle. Her work ranges from comedy to fantasy and she has contributed short stories to numerous collections, including Passion Fruit (Pandora) and Such Devoted Sisters (ed. Shena McKay), as well as publishing a collection of short stories, I Believe in Angels. Several of these have been translated into German and Catalan.
She has performed in most cities in the UK as well as Paris and Valletta. Fiona has also appeared on BBC Radio programmes and her work has been dramatised on Radio 4.
The Global Short Story Competition is held monthly and the closing date for entries is the last day of the month.
Judging then takes place with the winning stories posted on this site .
To enter fill out all the areas on the entry form, upload your story as a .doc or .pdf file and pay your entry fee through the secure Paypal link.
If you have any problems email firstname.lastname@example.org