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Thursday, 27 February 2014

Sussex short story competitions

West Sussex is a very creative county, absolutely chock full of writers, and boasts two National Short Story competitions, which are closing at the end of March. You don't have to live in West Sussex to enter either of these, so read on for details ...

West Sussex Writers' 2014 National Short Story Competition:
Click here for full details.

Maximum word count: 3000
Closing Date: 31st March 2014
Fee: £5 per entry
Prizes:  1st prize £200; 2nd prize £75; 3rd prize £50 
The winners will also receive a critique from our final judge, Pam Weaver.

You can read the 2013 winning stories here and comments from Simon Brett (WSW Patron) and Sarah Palmer (WSW Chair) here.

Steyning Festival 2014 Short Story Competition:
Click here for full details.

“A popular part of the annual Steyning Festival is its short story competition, open to anyone who would like to enter a previously unpublished piece of fiction of up to 1500 words. The theme for this
year is “Home Thoughts, from Abroad”.

Photo right is St Andrew's Church, Steyning.

Judging and prize-giving
The competition will be judged by a Festival panel and a senior member of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Prizes will be awarded in three categories
• Best story by a young author (aged 16-19), £100
• Best story by an overseas resident visiting Britain £250
• Best story by a British resident, £250
In addition, three submissions will be marked for special commendation in the competition, and will receive £50 each.

The previous winner of the Steyning Festival Short Story prize in 2012 (Festival runs every two years) was The Indoor Writer, you can read about her marvellous day out at the prize giving ceremony here.


  1. I reckon the whole south coast is chock full of writers.

    1. I think you're right, Patsy. Do you think our wonderful countryside and seaside attracts the creative types or does the landscape inspire us to become writers?

  2. Hmm to enter or not, that is the question.

    1. Go on, Wendy, I think you really have to enter both. Rose and I are both going to Wiston House lunch and it would be lovely to cheer you on - and think how lovely for an actual Steyning resident to win Steyning Prize :)

    2. Do you mean rather than the riff raffcfrom Ashington? He he

  3. They all look good Tracy, thanks.