Creative Writing Ink Short Story Competition 2023 FAQs

Q: Do you accept email attachments or postal entries?
A: No. You can only submit your entry via Submittable.

Q: Can I make changes after submission?
A: No. If you want to submit a more recent version you must enter again and pay the fee. Entrants will need to resubmit their work with ‘FINAL’ in the name of the document. You can withdraw your original entry by logging into your Submittable account. To view instructions on how to withdraw your entry, please click here.

Q: How many Short Stories can I enter?
A: You can enter any number of Short Stories as long as an entry fee accompanies each one.

Q: Do I retain copyright?
A: Worldwide copyright remains with the author but we have unrestricted rights to first publish winning and shortlisted short stories on our website. We also use extracts for promotional material.

Q: Are simultaneous submissions to other competitions allowed?
A: Yes, however, you must immediately withdraw from the Creative Writing Ink Short Story Competition if it wins elsewhere. Also, if you win with us you should withdraw from any other competitions.

Q: Must entries be unpublished?
A: Yes.

Q: Are translations allowed?
A: An author’s translation of their work into English is eligible but someone else’s translation of the work is not.

Q: I accidentally included my details on the short story and/or file name. Will it be disqualified?
A: Yes. You need to start over.

Q: Are entries returned after judging?
A: No. They are deleted.

Q: When will the results be announced?
A: The overall winner of the Competition will be announced on November 15th 2023, on the Creative Writing Ink website.