Short Story Competition Full Rules
Writing must be well-structured, coherent and grammatically correct. We will be looking out for original, engaging stories with an interesting plot and convincing characters.
Entries will be read and judged anonymously. A short list will be drawn up by the Eyrie Press directors. The stories on the short list will be read by judges Sue Welfare and Jon Lawrence who will decide on the winning entry. The judges’ decision is final, and no correspondence regarding the judging can be entered into.
There will be a cash prize of £75 for the winner and the winning story will be published in The Fens Magazine, which is available in print and online. The winner will receive a copy of the magazine.
- The competition is open to all published and unpublished writers living in Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Norfolk, Suffolk or Lincolnshire. All entries should be in English.
- There is no specific theme for the competition, and entries may be in any genre or on any subject except erotica or graphic horror. The directors of Eyrie Press and the judges reserve the right to reject any story which they feel falls into these categories.
- Entries must be a maximum of 1000 words, excluding the title.
- Entries must be the original work of the entrant and must never have been published in any form, in print or online, including self publishing, in magazines, on websites, blogs and social media, or broadcast, or won any competitions previously. Any entry found to have been previously published, or plagiarised, will be disqualified.
- Authors may enter as many stories as they wish; each entry must be accompanied by the fee.
- Entries should be submitted electronically in MS Word. If you cannot submit using MS Word, we may be able to accept an alternative format, but you should contact us at email@example.com to check. Entries on paper will not be accepted.
- The closing date for receipt of entries is displayed on the main Short Story Competition page of the Eyrie Press website.
- Entries will only be accepted for judging if payment has been received.
- No corrections or alterations can be made after receipt of an entry.
- Please contact us by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) at any time if you wish to withdraw your entry. No refund will be given for withdrawn entries.
- Family members of the directors of Eyrie Press or the judges are not eligible to enter.
- Entries will be judged anonymously.
- A shortlist will be drawn up by selected directors of Eyrie Press and sent to the judges for the final decision.
- The writer of the winning entry consents to have their story published in The Fens Magazine, and subsequently on the Eyrie Press website, but retains full copyright to their story. The writer understands that their story may be edited for spelling, grammar, punctuation and readability before publication and that they will be consulted during this editing process.
- Entry to the Competition implies an acceptance of the Eyrie Press Short Story Competition Rules. Entries that fail to comply with the Rules may be disqualified.