First prize - £500 + trophy
Second prize - £150
Third prize - £100
The Trisha Ashley Award
for the best humorous story - £200 + trophy
Winning and shortlisted stories will be published in an anthology.
Closing date: 30th April 2016
Please read all the Rules before entering.
Trisha Ashley writes romantic comedies and her latest novel, A Christmas Cracker, is her sixth consecutive Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller. Her novels have twice been shortlisted for the Melissa Nathan Award for Romantic Comedy and Every Woman for Herself was nominated by readers as one of the top three romantic novels of the last fifty years.
1 - The Exeter Story Prize is open for submissions until midnight on April 30th 2016, which is without exception the closing date. Any entries received after this date will be disqualified and no refund of the entry fee will be made.
2 - The Exeter Story Prize is for a story of up to ten thousand words in English. There is no minimum word count.
3 - Stories may be on any theme but only humorous stories will be eligible for the Trisha Ashley Award.
4 - The judges will decide which stories will be put forward for the Trisha Ashley Award.
5 - Stories should not have been previously published in print, on the internet or broadcast.
6 - Simultaneous submissions are allowed but please be prepared to withdraw your entry if it is a prizewinner elsewhere.
7 - Entries can only be submitted electronically via this site and the payment made via Paypal. Prizes will be awarded via Paypal.
8 - Entrants should be over 18 years of age.
9 - Only doc, docx, pdf and rtf files will be accepted. Any other formats will be disqualified. Please present your work in Times New Roman or Arial, 12 pt, 1.5 or double-spaced. Your name should not appear anywhere on the story.
10 - The long list will be published here in July. The winners will be announced at a date tba.
11 - The judges’ decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
Read our selection of winning stories from last year's competitions. Click on the cover.
How to Enter
1 - In the subject line of your email, type ESP followed by the title of your story.
2 - In the body of the email type your name, contact details (postal address and phone number, mobile and/or landline) and the title of your story.
3 - Attach your story in one of the formats set out in Rule 9.
Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
4 - Click on the Paypal button below and pay the fee.
If payment is made using a different name, it is essential you include that name in the email you send with the story.