Wild Hunt Mag Short Story Competition

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To celebrate five years of The Wild Hunt, we are happy to announce our first short story competition.

We are looking for stories of literary merit that embrace the mission and ethos of The Wild Hunt magazine. Interpret that how you wish! The competition is open to previously unpublished flash fiction and short stories.

Competition opens: 4 January 2021 8am GMT

Competition closes: 9 March 2021 12pm GMT

Results announced: 3 May 2021


2021 Judge

Helen McClory

Helen McClory is the author of two story collections, On the Edges of Vision (Queen’s Ferry Press), a winner of the Saltire First Book of the Year award, and Mayhem & Death (404 Ink), as well as a novel, Flesh of the Peach (Freight, 2017). The Goldblum Variations – a collection of experimental micro-fictions – was published by 404 Ink, and Penguin in 2019. Her short stories have been listed for distinction in The Best of British Fantasy (2018), The Best of British and Irish Flash Fictions (2018/19), and nominated for the Pushcart prize. Helen is a part-time lecturer at the University of Glasgow and co-founder of writing retreat Write Toscana.


One first prize winning author will receive £200 and online publication of their story.


One second prize winning author will receive £100 and online publication of their story.


One third prize winning author will receive a copy of Helen’s new novel, Bitterhall and online publication of their story.


Please read the Terms & Conditions before entering the competition:

  • Entries must be between 500-3,000 words, excluding title, word count and page numbers. Not adhering to this might result in your entry being disqualified.

  • A fee of £4 is required for all entries and will not be waived. Multiple entries are acceptable, with a maximum of 3 entries per author during this competition.

  • An author must be at least the age of 18 as of 1 January 2021 when entering the competition.

  • This competition is open to anyone in the world, but all entries must be written in English and wholly original to the author (no translations; no poetry, plays, memoirs or children’s fiction).

  • All entries must be previously unpublished (this includes not previously appearing on your website, blog or self-published book).

  • Stories must not have been previously submitted in any way to The Wild Hunt.

  • Your story cannot have placed or been shortlisted in a previous competition.

  • If your story has been accepted or places in a different publication or competition during the judging process, please notify The Wild Hunt to withdraw your entry. Entry fees cannot be returned.

  • If chosen, you agree to have your story published on The Wild Hunt’s website. However, copyright remains with the author.

  • Entries can only be accepted electronically.

  • The entry fee can only be paid via secure credit card/debit card payment and prize money will only be distributed via PayPal to the winners.

  • All personal details of entrants will be deleted no later than 30 days after the final day of the competition.

  • Please double-space your entry and use a 12-point font like Times New Roman or Arial. Do not include your name anywhere on the submission or in the file name. Please include the title, word count and page numbers in your entry. The file types .doc, .docx and .rtf are accepted.

  • If your entry is disqualified from the competition, your entry fee will not be reimbursed.

  • The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

  • Entry to the competition assumes acceptance of these Terms & Conditions.



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