Short Story Competition 2018.

It's the Short Story Competition 2018. This year's competition is open to entrants worldwide providing the submission is in English. Best of all entry is FREE!

There will be two winning entries this year both receiving a brand new NOOK GlowLight 3, the latest NOOK eReader that features a new Night Mode, as well as GlowLight technology, a highest ever resolution of 300dpi, 8GB of internal memory and up to 50 days battery life! Sincere thanks go out to Barnes & Noble for providing us with these amazing prizes. The winner will also see their story featured prominently on this site and shared across our social media channels.

In honour of the amazing prize of a NOOK GlowLight 3 this year's theme is 'Light'. You can interpret the theme however you wish, the story could take place at dawn's light, by candlelight, or even with the absence of light. It could be about lighting up someone's life, providing hope or light in the dark. Maybe it's about a mysterious light that warrants further investigation?! For more ideas and tips on writing to a theme, as well as our guide to writing a good short story, please see this article we've written especially for this year. You don't have to read it to win... but it can't hurt right?!

Short Story Competition Tips

Story Theme: Light.
Word Count: Min 1500 – Max 2500 words.
Format: Word docs preferred, .txt or .rtf is also fine.
Participants: All countries, all ages, English language submissions only.
Closing Date: Monday 2nd April 2018
Please Note: Previously unpublished stories only, entries previously submitted to other competitions are allowed. Entries from children are allowed but should be submitted by a parent/guardian/teacher and be aware that they will be judged against adult entries, there is no separate category for children.

The initial shortlist will be drawn up by MJ Meads, then the winner and any runners up will be selected by a panel of authors and book lovers chaired by MJ Meads.  The judging panel's decision is final. We're delighted to announce that last year's winner Apekshita Varshney will be joining the judging panel this year!

Please send your entries to

The closing date for entries is Monday 2nd April 2018.
The shortlist will be announced on 30th April 2018 at which point the individual authors will be contacted.
The winners will be announced on 15th May 2018.

There will be two winners this year, both of whom will win a brand new NOOK GlowLight 3 and see their stories published in full on this site and featured in a separate article about the winning entries. For more information on the NOOK GlowLight 3 please follow this link:

NOOK GlowLight 3 Product Page.

A full list of terms and conditions for this competition can be found here.
Terms and Conditions

I'm often asked to provide feedback on short stories that failed to win, or make the shortlist, so this year I've simplified the process and made it fair. I run this competition as a labour of love, it takes a significant amount of time to read all the entries and discuss the shortlist with the judging panel. If I were to provide feedback to every single entrant it would double the amount of time I already spend running the competition.

With that in mind, if you want feedback on your short story all I ask is that you purchase a copy of my debut novel 'Milk', read it and review it on your favourite retailer's website, Nook, Amazon, Smashwords, Kobo etc. Once you've done so simply send me a link to your review (be honest, if you didn't like it you can say so) and I'll provide detailed and hopefully useful feedback on your short story.



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