Short Story Competition 2019.

A little bit later than usual it's finally time for the the Short Story Competition 2019! This year's competition is once again open to entrants worldwide providing the submission is written in English.

The winning entry this year will receive a brand new pair of fabulous Cashmere Writing Gloves worth over $50 courtesy of our friends at

Ideal for the year round scribe these writing gloves provide a warm and snug solution to writing in those cold winter months or even outdoors, as they leave your fingers free for typing. They also make a great insulator for every writer's vice... coffee!

Closing Date: 31st May 2019 - NOW CLOSED

Story Theme: Messages.
Word Count: Min 1500 – Max 2500 words.
Participants: All countries, all ages, English language submissions only.

Mixed Messages - Susan Dawson
Close The Door - Jenny Morris
Stirring Up The Future - Sarah Evans
Messages - David Montrose

Congratulations to all those who made the shortlist and commiserations to those who missed out. Remember, it's not too late to get some feedback on your submission, just follow the steps below. We have a really varied shortlist this year which is making the judge's decision even more difficult. Good luck to the four remaining entrants!

The winner will be announced on 15th July 2019.

There will be one winner this year who will win a brand new pair of Cashmere Writing Gloves (Light Heather Grey). The winner will also see their story featured prominently on this site and shared across our social media channels as well as being rewarded with a one hour session with the 'plot doctor', our manuscript troubleshooting service. There's also runners up prizes of a free eBook for any shortlisted entries. For more information on the prize please follow this link:

Writing Gloves product page at Literary Book Gifts.

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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