The Creative Writing Ink Short Story Competition 2023 is open for entries from May 15, 2023!
The deadline for receipt of all entries is September 30th, 2023 at 4pm (GMT).
Entries will only be accepted through Submittable.
Entries can be on any subject, theme or genre.
Entry fee: £9 per entry. You can submit multiple entries as long as each entry is paid for individually and includes a separate entry form.
Maximum word count is 3,000 words.
All entries are judged anonymously. Please do not include your name, address, phone number, email, website, social media details, etc. on the short story document or in the file name as this will result in disqualification.
Formatting your short story:
Your story must be written in English. A maximum of 3,000 words. No minimum. Title not included in the word count.
Please submit a typed story in Arial or Times New Roman, 12pt, black. Double spaced.
Include a front page which details the title of story and the word count ONLY. The author’s name should not be included anywhere in the document or the file name.
Save as a Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx). We also accept file types .rtf, .pdf, with the
Short Story title as the file name. Please do not include the author’s name in the file name or it will be disqualified.
Final Judge: Lucie Brownlee
Dr Lucie Brownlee is an award-winning writer, researcher, and creative writing tutor. Her Sunday Times best-seller Life After You was chosen for the Richard and Judy Bookclub and adapted for television. Her novel The Mother made the final four in Mslexia’s Novel Competition 2020 and she is a Northern Writers’ Award for Fiction winner for her novel The Song of Annie Chapman. Her short stories have been shortlisted in two international competitions and she has published many articles, including for the Independent and the Telegraph. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing from Newcastle University.
Full Terms & Conditions here.
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