Thursday 19 August 2021


Short Story Competition

Our quarterly short story competition is open for entries all year round.

The competition is open to any theme or genre, but your story must be a maximum of 1,500 words (not including the title). Closing dates are:

31st January
30th April
31st July
31st October

You can enter up to three stories in each quarterly competition.

Entry fees: £5 for the first | plus £3 for the second | plus £2 for the third

1st – £150
2nd – £75
3rd – £30

The three placed stories from each quarter will be published on this website. Future anthologies will also be considered, published by Cranked Anvil Press, in which a selection of short- and long-listed stories from each competition will be published.

The results will be announced here (and in our social media) within six weeks of the closing dates.

Please ensure you read our rules for condition of entry.

Go to the entry page to pay your entry fee and enter the competition.

Good luck! – We look forward to reading your stories.

In the meantime, you can read previous winning stories here.

Congratulations on writing your 1,500-word story (or stories).

Click on the correct button below to choose how many stories you are entering.

RULES: our rules of entry have recently been updated, so make sure have read, understood, and are complying with all of them (especially if you have entered our competitions in the past). Read the updated rules here before entering.

ONE story – £5.00 GBP

TWO stories – £8.00 GBP

THREE stories – £10.00 GBP

Once payment has been made, email your manuscript(s) to us at

If you are entering more than one story, please send each story as a separate manuscript. You MUST ENSURE your email address is on the covering page of each manuscript you send – this will enable us to identify your story.

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