It's that time of year usually reserved for the Short Story Competition. We thought long and hard about whether it was appropriate to run a competition in 2020 against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic. In the end we decided that with mandated social distancing across the world we might provide a welcome distraction from the troubling situation we all find ourselves in. So we are running the competition as usual, but with a difference.
This year's competition is once again open to entrants worldwide providing the submission is in English and as always entry is completely FREE! However, we are encouraging all entrants to make a donation to a charity whose work can be seen to help those individuals, families and societies facing particular heartache over Covid-19.

We have provided links on our submission page to Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), Age UK and Meals on Wheels America but you should feel free to choose your own locally. We're often asked for feedback on entries and so I'm pleased to announce that anyone donating £10/$10 or more can forward on their donation confirmation email to us and indicate they would like to receive feedback on their short story.

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

Entry to the competition is now closed.

Closing Date: 31st May 2020
Shortlist Announced 30th June 2020
The winner will be announced on 15th July 2020.

There will be one winner this year who will win a brand new Google Home Mini. 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 are also runners up prizes of a free eBook from a selection for any shortlisted entries.

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 submitted entries, particularly those that failed to 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 donate £10/$10 or more to a charity whose work is helping victims of Covid-19 using the links provided or by picking your own local charity. Once you've done so simply forward me on the confirmation email and I'll provide detailed and hopefully useful feedback on your short story.




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