Short Story Competition

Eyrie Press Short Story Competition


The 2018 Competition is now closed to entries

Good luck to all who entered – we’re now working on the short list!


The Eyrie Press Short Story Competition is held annually in the autumn and is open to anyone aged 16 and over living in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Lincolnshire or Peterborough.

Stories can be on any theme, should have a maximum of 1000 words and be previously unpublished (including on websites, blogs or social media). The author of the winning entry will receive a prize £75 and see their story published in The Fens Magazine. The magazine has a circulation of 18,000, with copies also available in Peterborough’s Queensgate Shopping Centre, so the winning entry is guaranteed a wide audience.

We are delighted to welcome back our judges, writers Sue Welfare and Jon Lawrence.

Sue Welfare
Jon Lawrence

Read last year’s winning entry which appeared in the November 2017 issue of The Fens magazine.

Please read the full rules before entering the competition.

Eligibility: Open to adults (aged 16 and over) living in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Lincolnshire and Peterborough.

Word Count: A maximum of 1000 words (excluding the title)

Theme/genre: There is no set theme or genre, but erotica and graphic horror cannot be accepted.

Entry Fee: £5.00 per entry

Closing Date: Midnight (GMT) on Sunday 4th November 2018. Entries received after this time will not be considered.

Submissions: must be made via email to, as detailed below.

Judges: Sue Welfare and Jon Lawrence

Results: Shortlisted entrants will be notified by Monday 12th November. The winner will be announced on Monday 10th December.

How To Enter

1. Write Your Story
Please read the full rules. Stories may only be submitted electronically, not on paper. Please submit your story as a Word document (.doc or .docx file) in Times New Roman 12pt or Arial 12pt and double spaced. Please put your name and the title at the beginning of the piece. When the writing is passed onto the judges, all names will be removed so that the writing can be judged anonymously.

2. Make Your Payment
Once your story is ready to submit MAKE YOUR PAYMENT HERE. Payment will be processed through PayPal (you do not need a PayPal account). If you cannot pay online, please email us at

3. Send Your Story
Email it as an attachment to with SHORT STORY COMPETITION 2018 in the title of the email. Please state in the email:

  • your name, address and phone number
  • the date you paid
  • the name that will appear on the payment details if this is different (this is just so that we can match payments received to stories submitted)

You will then receive an email acknowledgement of your submission.

Closing date for receipt of entries: Midnight (GMT) 4th November 2018.