Submissions for the 2022 Competition will be accepted from February 25, 2022.

The DEADLINE for receipt of entries is 4pm (GMT) on September 30, 2022

Entries will only be accepted through Submittable.

Entries can be on any subject.

£9 per entry. You can submit multiple entries as long as each entry is paid for individually and includes a separate entry form.

All entries are judged anonymously. Please do not include your name, address, phone number, email, website, social media details, etc. on the short story document or in the file name as this will result in disqualification.

Format the short story as per the following instructions:

Your story must be written in English. A maximum of 3,000 words. No minimum. Title not included in the word count. 

Please submit a typed story in Arial or Times New Roman, 12pt, black. Double spaced.

Include a front page which details the title of story and the word count ONLY. The author’s name should not be included anywhere in the document or the file name

No illustrations. 

Save as a Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx). We also accept file types .rtf, .pdf, with the Short Story title as the file name. Please do not include the author’s name in the file name or it will be disqualified.

Final Judge: Kerry Hadley-Pryce. Kerry Hadley-Pryce is a writer and academic. Her first novel, ‘The Black Country’ (Salt Publishing 2015), written as part of her MA Creative Writing, was awarded the Michael Schmidt Prize for Outstanding Achievement. Her second novel, ‘Gamble’ (Salt Publishing 2018) was shortlisted for the Encore Second Novel Award 2019. She is working on her third novel, ‘God’s Country’. She teaches creative writing and has short stories published in Fictive Dream, The Incubator and Brum Radio. You can find out more about Kerry here. 

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FAQ here.

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