Competition Rules

  • The competition can be entered electronically by completing the entry form on our website and uploading your story alongside paying the entry fee. 
  • Postal entries are also permitted, although electronic entries are preferred.
  • The competition is open to published and unpublished authors (except members of Exeter Writers) writing in any genre except children’s.
  • All stories must be sent in Word (.Doc, Docx etc) not PDF nor PAGES. Use double spacing and 12pt TNR. Indent your paragraphs.  Write your story title and page number at the top of every page. Do not write your name anywhere on the story.
  • 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the story has previously been self-published, the story must be out-of-print (if it was printed) or out-of-circulation/withdrawn (if it was electronic) for the whole of the duration of the competition, up until the winners are announced.
  • 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.
  • The maximum word limit is 3,000, but there is no lower limit.
  • The entry fee per story is £7 sterling, to be paid by cheque or postal order (not cash, please) if you are entering by post, or by Paypal when completing the form.
  • Multiple entries are allowed.
  • Stories are judged anonymously.
  • No stories will be returned, so make sure you keep copies of your entries.
  • 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. 
  • No story may win more than one prize.
  • The closing date is 23.59 on 28th February 2021.  Late entries will not be accepted.      
  • Winners will be announced in June/July 2021. 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.
  • The judges’ decision is final.

  • Each postal entry must be accompanied by a separate cover page (which may be typed or hand-written) which should include the following information:
  • Your name
  • Your address
  • Your phone number (state daytime or evening)
  • Your email address
  • How you found out about the competition
  • Your story's name
  • Word count
  • All stories must be clearly typed/printed on one side only of A4 paper, using double-spacing and 12pt TNR. Indent your paragraphs.  Pages should be securely stapled together. Write your story title and page number at the top of every page.
  • If you would like confirmation that your entry has been received, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard or envelope.
  • Postal entries must be sent to: Jan Cascarini, Exeter Writers Short Story Competition, 202 Manstone Avenue, Sidmouth, EX10 9TL.  (01395 576694). 
  • The entry fee per story is £7 sterling. Please enclose a cheque or postal order made out to 'Exeter Writers' (not cash, please) with your entry. 
  • Stories are judged anonymously. Do not include your name anywhere on the manuscript. 

Additional requirements for postal entries


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