After three and a half years of non-stop competitions we are taking a break for a while. This is due to heavy workloads elsewhere in our lives. Stay tuned for news!
Deadline: The results of the latest competition have now been published on this website. The winners have been notified by email. Check the links under ‘Latest News’ on the right for updates.
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.
We will publish a longlist of 25 and a shortlist of the best 10 stories as well as naming the prizewinners.
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.
The shortlist and winner will be announced on this website . Check the links in the ‘Latest News’ section for full results.
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 of £70, £35 and £15 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.