The Word Hut 19th Short Story Writing Competition
Deadline: This competition is now closed. The results will be published on this website by 14 February 2016. The three winners will also be contacted via email.
The Longlist for the 19th Short Story Writing Competition is now published here: Longlists
For the first time since we started hosting writing competitions in 2011 we have received a number of entries from very young writers, all aged 10 for some reason. We have decided to judge these stories separately from the others and to award a few smaller prizes for the best. In future we will have an age limit for our main competitions and probably hold a parallel contest for younger writers. We hope everyone is happy with this decision. It was great to see young people being interested in writing stories!
Write a short story of not more than 1000 words on any subject.
Prizes: First Place - £70 Second Place - £35 Third Place - £15
Entry fee: £4.00
Story length – maximum 1000 words.
The story can be written on any theme or in any genre.
Stories must be written in English.
Please write it in an easily read font such as Ariel 12pt.
Send your story by email, as an attachment, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put ‘Story Competition’ in the subject line of the email. Please include your name and story title in the email and add your PayPal receipt number as well.
Pay the £4 entry fee via PayPal using the button at the bottom of this page. You may enter more than one story but each entry costs £4.
The story can not be altered once it is sent to us.
We accept entries from anywhere in the world.
Please send your story before the deadline.
You may enter stories you have already published on your blog or non-profit making website. Please do not send work which has previously won a prize elsewhere or one which is currently under consideration in another writing competition.
We will email confirmation that we have received your entry and PayPal payment.
Results will be published by 14 February 2016 at the latest.
We will publish a longlist of 25 stories and a shortlist of the best 10 stories as well as naming the prizewinners. Check the links in the ‘Latest News’ section for full results.
The winning story will be published on our website but the copyright remains with the author. We are happy to put a link to your blog, website or email with your winning entry if you wish. If you want the story to be removed at a later date, just let us know.
By paying the fee and sending your story, you are admitting it is your own work. Any entries found to be infringing copyright will be removed and every effort made to track down the original author.
No refunds can be made.
If you do not have a PayPal account you can pay using a credit or debit card via PayPal. Click the ‘Buy Now’ button and follow the link for purchasing via credit and debit card on the PayPal page.
Entries must be made via email at present.
By sending your entry you are agreeing to abide by these rules.
The judges’ decision is final.
No-one connected to The Word Hut either as a colleague or relation can enter the competitions.
The prizes money will be sent via PayPal.
All stories will be read and judged by James who has a background in publishing and teaching, and Jessica, who is an Oxford English Language and Literature graduate currently working in theatre production and writing her first novel, and Wendy, who is a published author of three novels.
James at The Word Hut
Pay and then email your entry to email@example.com as an attachment, together with your PayPal receipt number, name and email address.
Entry is £4.00 for each story.