Short Story Competition 2020 (age 17+)

Closing date 5 January 2020

Maximum 2,000 words on any subject

First Prize: £200
Second Prize: £100

Entry fee £5 – click here to register for submission. Entries to be submitted by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – see entry rules and instructions below.

Judge: Claire Fuller

Claire Fuller is the author of Bitter Orange (2018), Our Endless Numbered Days, which won the Desmond Elliott Prize, and Swimming Lessons, which was shortlisted for the Encore Prize. Her short story 'Tiny and Pointed' (2019) was shortlisted for the Tom-Gallon Trust Award, a prestigious prize organised by The Society of Authors and which has been running since 1943. She lives in Hampshire.

The two winning stories will be read on Radio Faversham.


Click here to see winning stories from 2019 short story competition.

Click here to see winning stories from 2018 short story competition.


Entry rules:

  1. You can submit as many stories as you wish. There is a £5 entry fee for each story you submit. All entries must comply with entry requirements and entries not submitted by email and in a Word document will not be considered. Please name the subject of your email with your name and age. All submissions in Word must include your name, address, and age or date of birth. All submissions will be judged anonymously. Names/ages of entrants are for administration purposes only and will be removed from all submitted stories before being sent to the competition judge. Please send your entry to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  2. All entries must be in English, original and must not have been published or have won a competition elsewhere.

  3. Short stories must be a maximum of 2000 words and can be on any theme.

  4. Entry fee for the competition is £5 per short story entry. Entries will be invalid if the entry fee is not paid in full on submission of your story.

  5. The competition is open to all professions and nationalities resident in the UK from 17+ years of age at date of submission.

  6. The judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

  7. Faversham Literary Festival will retain the copyright to any published collection of winning entries, but authors will retain the copyright to their individual submissions.

  8. Entries will not be accepted after the closing date.

  9. Winners will be notified by 17 February 2020. If you do not hear from us we regret your entry has not been successful.

  10. By entering and supplying your email address you are allowing us to notify you about Faversham Literary Festival. Your information will not be shared with any third parties.


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