This is Writing Short Story Contest

Send Your Short Stories to This is Writing and Win Some Money!

Our friends over at This is Writing have a short story contest currently running until the 16th of August.

It’s free to enter and the cash prizes are:

1st Prize: $400

2nd Prize: $200

3rd Prize: $100

$50 for six runner ups

Not too bad, eh?

Carolyn and I are on the panel of judges for the contest. Good luck! Included below are some further details from the contest.

  • Submit a 2000 – 5000 word fiction short story
  • Please include a title. This will not count towards your word count.
  • Entries must be submitted online by midnight Eastern Time 16th August 2017.
  • Only online entries will be accepted.
  • Entry is free. Limit one entry per person.
  • Entry must be original and unpublished.
  • Entries will be judged on originality, creativity, quality, spelling, and grammar.
  • When submitting your entry you must include your student number, university and course title.
  • All entries will be published in a short story collection. By submitting your work you are agreeing to have your work published if selected as one of the winners.
  • All applicants must be currently enrolled full-time in an accredited UK, US, Canadian, Australian or New Zealand Tertiary Education Institution.
  • The scholarship is open to Undergraduate, Masters, Doctorate or Post-Graduate students studying Creative Writing, Literature or equivalent degree.
  • Application Period: 16th June 2017 to 16th August 2017. The winners will be announced 16th September 2017.

How To Enter

Only electronic submissions will be considered. Email your manuscript file to

Please include the required materials as the initial pages of your manuscript file. Submissions should follow these formatting guidelines: twelve-point font, double-spaced text, numbered pages. Note that we only accept PDF or Word files (.doc and .docx).

Required details: Full Name, University, Course Name, Student ID, Story Title.

These details will be used to confirm current enrollment in a creative writing course in the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand or Canada.