Short Story Contest

Want to see YOUR story 
published in Writers’ Forum?

Three great prizes every issue

1st £300 2nd £150 3rd £100

All types of story are welcome, be it crime, comedy, romance, thriller, literary, twist in the tail, horror, SF etc

  • Stories MUST be between 1000 and 3000 words
  • Entry fee is £6 or just £3 for subscribers.
  • If your story is placed you will be notified and we will ask you to send a photo of yourself and a brief biography via email.

Optional feedback for just £5

Our judge Lorraine Mace can provide a page of personalised critique to help you improve your writing. The fee is just £5. You will receive feedback by email if you enter online or please include a stamped addressed envelope if you are entering by post.

Entering online is the easiest and greenest option. Please choose one of the following links to be taken to the secure Select website to pay by card:

To enter send an email with your story attached as a Word-compatible file (.doc or .docx or .rtf). At the start give your name, address, phone number, email address, story title and wordcount. The address to send your entry to is:

Your entry will be forwarded to the judges as soon as all fees due have been paid and your subscriber status has been confirmed. To subscribe now please click here


Each month Lorraine Mace selects illustrative examples to use in her workshop to show readers how to improve their writing. If you would like your story to be considered, please state this clearly in your email entry.

Good luck!

See the magazine for a postal entry form or download one (as a pdf) here. Please include a stamped postcard if you require proof of receipt.

Rolling competition
This is a rolling competition which means that entries received after one issue’s cut-off point are simply placed in the next contest.