Short Story Competition 2019 (age 17+)

Short Story Competition 2019 (age 17+)

Closing date 6 January 2019 – competition now closed.

Maximum 2,000 words on any subject.

Judge: Eley Williams

Eley Williams' collection of short stories Attrib: & Other Stories (Influx Press, 2017) is winner of the James Tait Black Prize 2018 and winner of the Republic of Consciousness Prize 2018. The collection was long-listed for the 2018 Dylan Thomas Prize and is listed in Best Books of the Year by The Guardian, The TelegraphThe New Statesman and The White Review. She is Fiction Co-Editor of 3:AM Magazine, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and Lecturer in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London.


First Prize: £200 – Little Toffee Apple, by Callum Beesley, a 25-year-old writer who lives in Deal, Kent
Second Prize: £100 – New Ancient Husband, by Frances Gapper, a 61-year-old who lives in the West Midlands


Highly commended:

The Edges of Seasons, by Giselle Leeb (Nottingham); Sirens Calling, by Sarah Jasmon (Manchester); Is She Often Violent, by Frances Gapper (West Midlands)


Eley Williams says of the shortlisted stories: 'This was an array of taut, playful, moving and incredibly well-written pieces. Playing with notions of the mythic, fraught emotional landscapes and demonstrating all the virtues and power of contemporary short stories, it was a pleasure and honour to read all of these submissions, and I look forward to seeing the authors' names on bookshelves in the near future.'


The two winning stories will be read on CreekFM Radio on 4 April 2019, 7pm to 9pm slot.

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


Entry rules:

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

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

  7. 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.

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

  9. Winners will be notified by 17 February 2019. 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.