Cranked Anvil Short Story Competition

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Short Story Competition

Our quarterly short story competition is open for entries all year round.

The competition is open to any theme or genre, but your story must be a maximum of 1,500 words (not including the title). Closing dates are:

31st January
30th April
31st July
31st October

You can enter up to three* stories in each quarterly competition.

* Due to its popularity, we are once again relaxing our rules slightly. If you pay the £10 entry fee, you will get one free entry. That is, you will be able to enter FOUR stories rather than three.

Entry fees: £5 for the first | plus £3 for the second | plus £2 for the third [and fourth]

1st – £150
2nd – £75
3rd – £30

The three placed stories from each quarter will be published on this website. Future anthologies will also be considered, published by Cranked Anvil Press, in which a selection of short- and long-listed stories from each competition will be published.

The results will be announced here (and in our social media) within six weeks of the closing dates.

Please ensure you read our rules for condition of entry.

Go to the entry page to pay your entry fee and enter the competition.

Good luck! – We look forward to reading your stories.

In the meantime, you can read previous winning stroies here.



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