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!

Story Theme: Messages.
Word Count: Min 1500 – Max 2500 words.
Format: Word docs preferred, .odt, .txt or .rtf is also fine.
Participants: All countries, all ages, English language submissions only.
Closing Date: 31st May 2019 - NOW CLOSED
Send Entries To:
Please Note: Previously unpublished stories only, entries previously submitted to other competitions are allowed.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, book lovers and past winners chaired by MJ Meads.  The judging panel's decision is final.

This year's theme is 'Messages'. You can interpret the theme however you wish, the story could start or end with a text message, an email, a message scrawled on a wall or written in the condensation on a bathroom mirror. The message or messages could be the turning point in the plot, the plot twist, a riddle or puzzle that needs solving, or just a nagging voice throughout the story providing light relief. 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?!

For tips on writing a short story for the competition click here!

The shortlist will be announced on 1st July 2019.
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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