Competition deadline: 30th September 2019
Set up in 2011, The Short Story competition showcases the best short stories from around the world including winners such as Angela Readman, Zoe Gilbert, Niamh MacCabe, C.G. Menon, among others.
Two cash prizes are awarded:
First prize: £500
Second prize: £100
Entry fee: £8 (PayPal only)
Winning stories are freely available on the Past Winners page, and may be included in future anthologies.
This year’s winners will be announced in December 2019. Click on Submission Guidelines for more details.
Here is a picture of the last two anthologies, published in 2014 and 2017, respectively. Best of the Short Story: Volume 2 is available on Amazon for a fiver.
Terms and Conditions
Word limit: 1,000-5,000 (maximum).
Entry fee: £8 (via PayPal only). You will need to pay the submission fee and obtain a PayPal ID number before submitting your story
Put your PayPal ID number after the title of the story
Please put your name, email address and telephone number at the footer of each page.
Email your story as a Word document or pdf.
Font size: 12 point, Times New Roman or Arial, preferably.
No fancy fonts.
No poetry, novel chapters, sci-fi, fantasy or stories for children.
Page numbers are important. Make sure each page is numbered consecutively.
Submissions by email only. No hard copies, please.
Only one story allowed per person. Simultaneous submissions will not be accepted. Pick your best one and send it to me.
This competition is only open to people over the age of 18.
All submissions must be original and unpublished. That includes personal websites and blogs.
Please submit your story to: email@example.com
By submitting your work to The Short Story you agree in the first instance:
to grant The Short Story first rights (the right to publish your story before anyone else in print or online)
to grant The Short Story non-exclusive rights to your work, including the right to include your work in an anthology
to grant The Short Story the right (but not the obligation) to store your work indefinitely
You retain all other rights.
When winners are announced all those who have not been successful are automatically granted back first serial rights.