Exeter Writers Short Story competition 2020

Exeter Writers Short Story Competition 2020

This competition is now Closed

Our annual short story competition began in 2009 and is very popular. We receive entries from all over the world. 

First prize £700
Second prize £250
Third prize £100

Plus a prize for writers in Devon of £100

Closing date: 28th February 2020 (Midnight)

Competition Rules 

  1. The competition is open to published and unpublished authors (except members of Exeter Writers) writing in any genre except children’s. 
  2. Stories must not have been previously published nor won a prize in any other competition. If the story has previously been self-published, the story must be out-of-print (if it was printed) or out-of-circulation/withdrawn (if it was electronic) for the whole of the duration of the competition, up until the winners are announced.
  3. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please be prepared to withdraw if you are placed elsewhere. The entrance fee will not be refunded.
  4. You may re-enter a non-winning story that was submitted to the competition in a previous years, but it must have been significantly and substantially revised. Previous prize-winning stories are not eligible for re-entry, no matter how much they have been revised.
  5. The maximum word limit is 3,000. There is no lower limit.
  6. Stories are judged anonymously. Do not include your name anywhere on the manuscript.
  7. The entry fee per story is £7 sterling. On-line entries (prefered option) are made on our website via the form, and must be paid by PayPal. For postal entries, payment is by cheque or postal order (not cash). Multiple entries are allowed. You will need to complete the form again for each entry. If entering by post, an electronic copy of the story must be provided if the story is long-listed. Please click on the buttons below for how to enter on-line or by post. If you have problems completing the form, please e-mail exeterwriters@gmail.com.
  8.  No stories will be returned, so make sure you keep copies of your entries.
  9. Once again we are offering a prize for the best story submitted by a writer living in Devon. This will be judged from all stories submitted by writers from a Devon address. 
  10. No story may win more than one prize.
  11. The closing date is midnight 28th February 2020.  Late entries will not be accepted.       
  12. Winners will be announced before July 2020. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize-winning stories, as well as the winner of the Devon Prize, will be published on the Exeter Writers website. Copyright remains with the author.
  13.  The judges’ decision is final.

Please make every effort to follow all the entry requirements to ensure your story isn’t disqualified.

Click here to enter by POST            
Click here to enter by On-Line

Contact Details

Post:Exeter Writers Short Story Competition, 202 Manstone Avenue, Sidmouth, EX10 9TL

Phone: 07726299650
Email: exeterwriters@gmail.com
Website: www.exeterwriters.org.uk

A Winning Story?

The Coastal ZooYou can read a variety of Exeter Writers’ work, as well as the 1st prize-winning stories for years 2009-2013 in our latest anthology, The Coastal Zoo – a good way of assessing the standard of writing you might be competing with.

Click HERE to purchase a copy.

You can read last year's winners here:

1st prize -  The Woman in Pieces by Jenny Pierpoint

2nd prize -   Wave After Wave by Brigid McConville

3rd Prize -  The Real Thing by Tracy Fells

Devon prize - Seeing to Mrs Hickmott by David Bonnett

You can also read all the previous competition winners by clicking here.