Judge Nicholas Royle

* First Prize £350
* Second Prize £50
  • Maximum 1,500 words on any subject
  • Closing date 10 July 2022, winner announced by 31 October 2022
  • Early bird entry fee £6 (valid until 30 April 2022) Entry fee £8 from 1 May 2022

Short Story Competition – Judge

Nicholas Royle is the author of seven novels, two novellas and three volumes of short fiction, and was at this year’s Faversham Literary Festival to talk about his latest work White Spines: Confessions of a Book Collector. He has edited 20 anthologies of short stories. Reader in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University and head judge of the Manchester Fiction Prize, he also runs Nightjar Press, publishing original short stories as limited-edition chapbooks. He works as an editor for Salt Publishing.

Competition Rules

  • Entrants must be 16 years or over. The competition is open to anyone resident in the UK aged over 16 at date of submission.
  • All entries must be in English, original and must not have been previously published in print or online, been broadcast or won a competition elsewhere. Published online includes publication on your personal blog or website.
  • Short stories must be a maximum of 1,500 words and can be on any theme. Entries should be typed, double or 1.5 spaced, in a plain legible font (Pt 12).  Each page should be numbered but should not include personal details about the author. Entries will be read and judged anonymously so do not put your name on the pages of your story. 
  • Closing date for receipt of entries is 10 July 2022 at midnight, BST. Entries will not be accepted after the closing date. Online entries only. There is no limit to the number of entries you can submit.
  • A fee should be paid for each story submitted. Story entries must be paid for via PayPal or credit card on the entry page. Once you have submitted your story and paid for your entry, refunds cannot be made.
  • Prizes are: 1st £350; 2nd £50. The results of the competition will be announced on the Faversham Literary Festival website, also on the festival Facebook page and Twitter. Winners will be notified by 31 October 2022. If you do not hear from us your entry has not been successful.
  • No single story may win more than one prize. By entering, competitors accept that prizewinning and shortlisted stories, with the authors’ names, may be published on Faversham Literary Festival website and be read out on local radio stations for up to a year from the closing date without extra remuneration.
  • Simultaneous submission to other competitions is permitted. Should your entry win a prize or be published elsewhere, please let us know as soon as possible so we can remove it from the competition.
  • By entering, an acceptance of all the Faversham Literary Festival Short Story rules is implied. Entries that fail to comply with the rules will not be entered into the competition. No correspondence can be entered into and the judges’ decisions are final.
  • Please contact us if you require any clarification on rules or entry procedures.

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