Short Story Competition

Exeter Writers Short Story Competition 2014 - CLOSED - JUDGING IN PROGRESS
First prize: £500
Second prize: £250
Third prize: £100
Plus an additional prize of £100 for a writer living in Devon

Competition Rules
  • The competition is open to published and unpublished authors living anywhere in the world and writing in English. Stories must not have been previously published. They can be in any genre except for children’s and should be no longer than 3,000 words. There is no lower limit.
  • The pages of your story should be securely stapled. They should be clearly typed or printed, on one side only of A4 paper and double-spaced. Postal entries should be sent to the contact address. N.B. Please ensure you pay the correct postage as entries with underpaid postage will not be collected from the sorting office.
  • The entry fee per story is £5 sterling which must be paid by cheque or postal order (not cash) payable to Exeter Writers.
  • Every postal entry must be accompanied by a separate entry form, which can be downloaded here (printable A4 PDF) or obtained from our contact address (please enclose stamped, self-addressed envelope). There is no need for a separate entry form for the Devon prize.
  • Nothing but the story title and word count should appear on the story itself.
  • The closing date is 31st March 2014.
  • Winners will be announced in July 2014; The prize-winning stories will be published on the Exeter Writers website.
  • Prize money will be paid by sterling cheque.
  • If you would like confirmation that your entry has been received, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard or envelope.
  • No stories will be returned, so please keep copies of your entries.
  • The judges’ decision is final.
Entries submitted electronically should be sent to

The subject heading of the email should be: Exeter Writers Short Story Competition 2014.
Paste your entry, your contact details, and your PayPal ID, into the body of the email.
Do not send as an attachment: emails with attachments will be deleted without being opened.

Note that e-mail submission may not preserve typographic details such as indents, italics, accents, or other special characters. If these are crucial to the text, we advise postal submission.

Please tell us where you saw this competition advertised.

Contact Details

Post: Exeter Writers Short Story Competition,
202 Manstone Avenue, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 9TL
(If you wish to be sent an entry form, please enclose SAE)

Phone: 01395 576694
Website :