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Monday, 9 January 2012

Can you write a chocolate, Sci-Fi Winter story?

If you like the challenge of writing short stories to a set theme then these 3 competitions could be for you.

Who could resist penning a story on the theme of 'CHOCOLATE'?  Just think of the research opportunities.
Choc Lit (click here for more details) are looking for short stories up to 1,500 words on the central theme of chocolate - eating it, drinking it, cooking with it, or anything else.

  • Closes on 31 JANUARY
  • Prizes are 1st - £200 + publication on website and box of chocs,  Runner-up - £50 +  box of chocs
  • Stories must be unpublished
  • Entry fee £3 (cheque or paypal), postal or email entries accepted

Or if Sci-Fi is your obsession then what about the James White Short Story Competition (click here for more details).  This is for Sci-Fi short stories up to 6,000 words.

  • Closes midnight 31 JANUARY
  • Winner receives £200 and story will be published in Interzone magazine
  • Stories must be original and unpublished
  • This is for non-professional writers only (qualifying criteria are defined on the website)
  • FREE ENTRY, entry online via website

And if you're struggling through the blustery British winter then how about Author Essentials' (click here for more details) Winter Short Story Competition - where stories must be under 2,500 words and on the theme of ‘Winter’. This can include anything from a wintery setting, a festive character or even a frosty reception!

  • Closes 31 JANUARY
  • Prizes are 1st - £100, 2nd - £50, 3rd - £25 and top 25 stories will be published in Winter Anthology
  • Stories must be previously unpublished
  • Entry is £3.50 per story, enter by post or email
Go on start the New Year by writing a themed story ... and let me know how you get on

Keep writing ...


  1. I do like writing to a theme - it's often much easier than trying to write about 'anything'.

    Not sure if I'll enter the chocolate one, but I'll certainly do the research.

  2. Hi Patsy - I feel the same about themes, always seems to prompt an idea. Find writing for open themes quite difficult as the ideas take longer to evolve!
    All research is worthwhile as you can store it away for another competition/story, just don't go too wild!