London Independent Story Prize

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How to Enter
  1. Please make sure you've read the Policies , Terms&Conditions , submitting this competition will mean that you accept our conditions.
  2. Have your entry file on your computer and ready for submission. Acceptable file types are doc Word documents and for Screenplays PDF is also fine. The file name must be the title of your piece. If your work does not have a title, then the file name must be the first three words of your piece. 
  3. Do not state your identity on your file, no names and no email accounts, please. Judges will read the stories anonymously. This rule doesn't apply the Screenplay Competition as the format of the documents is different.
  4. Please ensure it is up to 300 words for Flash Fiction, 1500 Words for Short Story and max 30 pages for Screenplay without the title. If you fail to match the word count, unfortunately, your submission will be disqualified. 
  5. Pay using your PayPal account or using your Credit/Debit card. If you fail to finalise the payment, unfortunately, your submission will be disqualified.
  6. If you need any assistance please contact us:  
  7. We're open for simultaneous submissions. 
Flash Fiction Winner Story is Published on LISP Writers Club Magazine. Publication payment to the winner: £100
The Winning writer is featured on the LISP Writers Club Magazine.

Short Story Winner Story is Published on LISP Writers Club Magazine. Publication payment to the winner: £100
The Winning writer is featured on the LISP Writers Club Magazine.

Short Screenplay Winner Prize: Final Draft Software Last Version - worth $250.
The Winning writer is featured on the LISP Writers Club Magazine.

Winners Also Get:
Interview with the winner is published on the LISP Writers Club Blog Page.
Winning writers are featured on the LISP Writers Club Newsletter.
The winning stories (only Flash Fiction and Short Stories) are also published on The Mark Literary (Canada) and The Nythanda Review (Malawi).

All Finalists and Semi-Finalists Get:
If the writers wish to do so; we publish their winning stories on LISP Writers Club Blog page. But if they wish to keep their stories unpublished it is ok, we will still promote the writers with publishing the interviews.
Interview with the writers is published on LISP Writers Club Blog page.
All longlisted writers are promoted through our social media.
All writers will have a chance to be featured on LISP Writers Club Magazine.

We're a group of writers and we know how difficult it is. LISP is dedicated to promote and support writers, so all simultaneous submissions are welcome. We can only accept unpublished stories but they must be unpublished only until our announcement day. We try to keep things flexible to ease writers workload, please do not hesitate to contact if you have further questions.

LISP has a multi-jury scoring system in order to have a fair judgement.
Please note that LISP pays to each jury and all the readers for their time and effort.
The entry fee is to cover the reading and administration costs.

Please note that Winner Announcements are via LISP Writers Club Newsletter, website and our Social Media. There are no additional ceremonies at this point.

Jury: Our aim is to get as many judges as we can onboard. Please check the jury and beware of that the lists will change in time, keep checking!
Creative Writing Competition 
2020 Calendar 
1st Quarter 2020
8th December 2019- Open For Submissions 
12th January 2020- Regular Deadline
9th February 2020 -- Submissions Close
8th March 2020 - Winner Announcement
2nd Quarter
8th March 2020- Open For Submissions 
5th April 2020- Regular Deadline
3rd May 2020 -- Submissions Close
7th June 2020 - Winner Announcement
3rd Quarter
7th June 2020- Open For Submissions 
5th July 2020- Regular Deadline
2nd August 2020 -- Submissions Close
6th September 2020 - Winner Announcement
4th Quarter
6th September 2020- Open For Submissions 
4th October 2020- Regular Deadline
1st November 2020 -- Submissions Close
6th December 2020 - Winner Announcement


  1. Entrants must be 18 years or over.
  2. Entry is open to everyone, nationally and internationally.
  3. All entries can only be made by the work's individual author. Please see 7 and 8 for Translations and Joint Authorship.
  4. Entries must have been unpublished in print or online, or not been broadcast. 
  5. Entries can be on any theme or subject but must be original and written in English. They must also be for adult or young adult readers who are over 13 years old. 
  6. Authors retain full worldwide copyright throughout.
  7. Translated works: Applications can only be made by the writer, not the translator. However, the translator's name needs to be mentioned as the 'Translator'. Translator does not share the price money -this decision is up to the author and translator's private agreement. However, the name of the translator needs to be mentioned in the announcement, as being the translator of the winning (or long-listed) story.
  8. Joint authorship: Joint authorship only counted if the work has been created together, not writing support, which will count as editing, proofreading, or translating or any similar support; but only in creating the story. Both writers have to agree that this is a joint work of them and they also agree on which writer will be the representative writer during the process, before submitting. Any doubts or complaints from any writer will cause the story/screenplay to be disqualified. The application needs to proceed with only one writer, therefore that writer will be representing both writers. The fee should be paid by this representing writer, and therefore the prize money will be paid to this representing writer. It is the representing writer's responsibility to share the prize money with the joint writer. Before submitting, all the conditions above must be read and agreed upon by both writers. (We do not give credit to the Editors or Proofreaders.)


  1. Maximum length: Flash Fiction: 300 words, title excluded. Short Story 1500 Words. Short Screenplay 30 Pages
  2. Entries should be typed in a plain legible font, the 11pt font is suggested.
  3. Entries will be read and judged anonymously. Please do not put your name, address, email, telephone number or any personally identifying information on any page.
  4. If the piece has no title, then its first three words must be used as the title.
  5. The acceptable file type is the doc.
  6. The file name must be the title of your piece. If your piece does not have a title, then the file name must be its first three words.


  1. Entry is online via email We do not accept postal entries.
  2. No major corrections or alterations can be made after entries have been received.
  3. Entry is open as stated on the calendar. The current closing date is at Midnight on our Calender.
  4. There is no limit to the number of entries any single entrant may make.
  5. Entries are acknowledged by your receiving of a PayPal receipt.


  1. The standard fee vary according to the category and the entry date, please see the list above. 
  2. Submissions must be paid for via the PayPal buttons on this site. Payment can be made using your PayPal account or via Credit/Debit card option on the PayPal page.


  1. Full refunds are available up to the closing date of each round, please contact via email to us about it.
  2. Once a round's closing date has passed, no refunds can be made.


  1. The prize for the competition vary as follows: Flash Fiction £100 First. Short Story £100 First. Short Screenplay Final Draft software (worth 250USD). A recommendation list will be also announced on our website. 
  2. The results of the competition will be announced on the London Independent Story Prize website.
  3. Entrants retain copyright. First Flash Fiction and Short Story will be published on our site. The Winning Short Screenplay will NOT be published on the website due to the Copywrite concerns. Recommended entries only have their titles and author names published for announcement purposes.
  4. All of the Flash Fiction and Short Story entrants will be considered for print and/or digital publication in our forthcoming London Independent Story Prize Anthology, which will be announced when there are enough stories to create the anthology.
Entry constitutes acceptance of all London Independent Story Prize Rules, Terms and Conditions, and Privacy Policies. Entries that fail to comply with rules, terms and conditions, privacy policies and requirements will be disqualified. No correspondence can be entered into, Judges’ decisions are final.


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