Short Story Competition

Short Story Competition 2016 is now closed. 
The longlist will be up very soon.

Greenacre Writers and Finchley Literary Festival are launching the festival with a short story competition. The winning entries will win cash prizes and will be published on this blog and Greenacre Writers. The winners will be announced at the Finchley Literary Festival, 25th June 2016.

Genre: The story can be written on any theme or in any genre.

Word count: Maximum 1000 words

Prizes: 1st Prize £100, 2nd Prize £50, 3rd Prize £25

Entry fee: £5 per entry

Closing date: 31st May 2016.

Judge: Joanna Campbell
About the judge:

In 2012, Joanna's debut novel, Tying Down the Lion, about an English family trying to visit relations in Berlin during the Cold War, reached the final shortlist of ten in a Cinnamon Press competition. On June 15th 2015, Brick Lane Publishing released it in paperback and as an ebook. It was longlisted for the Not the Booker prize in the same year.

On November 4th 2015, Joanna's story, Upshots, was announced the winner of the London Short Story Prize. As well as having many of her short stories published in magazines, Joanna has had her fiction shortlisted in many competitions including the Bridport, Fish and the Flannery O’Connor Award. Also in 2013, Joanna had stories published in both the Salt Book Of New Writing and the Bristol Short Story Award Volume Six, having launched her short-story writing career in their 2010 anthology.

In January 2016, Joanna's collection of prize-winning short stories, When Planets Slip Their Tracks, was published in hardback and as an ebook by Ink Tears Press. The unifying theme of the stories is how ordinary people adjust, or flounder, when life tips out of kilter.

Short Story Entry Information:

Closing date for receipt of entries is 31st May 2016 at midnight BST.

Stories must be written in English.

Please use an easily read font such as Ariel 12pt.

Send your story by email, as an attachment, to Put ‘Story Competition’ in the subject line of the email. Please include your name and story title in the email and add your PayPal receipt number as well.

Pay the £5 entry fee via PayPal using the button at the bottom of this page. You may enter more than one story but each entry costs £5.

Entries will not be returned. Please keep a copy. No corrections or alterations can be made after receipt of an entry.

We accept entries from anywhere in the world.

You may enter stories you have already published on your blog or non-profit making website. Please do not send work which has previously won a prize elsewhere or one which is currently under consideration in another writing competition.

We will email confirmation that we have received your entry and PayPal payment.

Results will be published by 26th June 2016 at the latest.

We will publish a longlist of 25 stories and then the shortlist of the best 10 stories. The prizewinners will be announced by Joanna Campbell at the Finchley Literary Festival 25th June 2016.

The winning story will be published on our website but the copyright remains with the author. We are happy to put a link to your blog, website or email with your winning entry if you wish. If you want the story to be removed at a later date, just let us know.

Entry implies an acceptance of all the Greenacre Writers rules. Entries that fail to comply with the entry rules and requirements may be disqualified.

Entries can be made via email or posted to: Greenacre Writers, 25 Chislehurst Avenue, London N12 0HU.

By sending your entry you are agreeing to abide by these rules.

The judges’ decision is final.

No-one connected to Greenacre Writers can enter the competitions.

The prizes will be sent via PayPal.


Pay and then email your entry to as an attachment, together with your PayPal receipt number, name and email address.

Entry is £5.00 for each story.

By paying the fee and sending your story, you are admitting it is your own work. Any entries found to be infringing copyright will be removed and every effort made to track down the original author.

No refunds can be made.

If you do not have a PayPal account you can pay using a credit or debit card via PayPal. Click the ‘Buy Now’ button and follow the link for purchasing via credit and debit card on the PayPal page.

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