Short Story Competition 2022 NOW OPEN!

Short Story Competition

Our short story competition is now open for entries!

Theme: Coincidence – The theme was chosen by a vote at the AGM. It may be interpreted in any way you choose.

Closing date: Monday 3rd January 2022 (entries must be received by midnight).

Word limit: 2,500 words. This is an absolute limit. Your entry will be returned if you go over the limit. The entry must have a title, but this does not count towards the word total.


· Entries must be your original work.

· Stories should not have been published, nor should they have previously won a prize in any competition, whether held by Cambridge Writers or any other organisation.

· Only members may enter. Entry is free, but only one entry per member is allowed.

· Entries must be submitted electronically, as two Microsoft Word files, one containing the story with title, but without the author’s name (please use double-spacing), and a second file giving the title and author’s name.

· Entries should be emailed to the Competition Secretary, Siobhán Carew, at this address: Emails should have ‘Short Story Competition’ in the subject line. All entries will be acknowledged as having been received. If you don’t receive an acknowledgement, please check with Siobhán.

· The competition will be judged by an external judge. Details will be announced in the Newsletter in due course.

Prizes: 1st prize £100, 2nd prize £70, 3rd prize £50.

In addition, three entries will receive commendations. No entrant will receive more than one recognition in the form of either a prize or a commendation. The prize monies have been generously donated by the daughters of our late member Jocelyn Glegg, in memory of their mother.

Judging: Judging will take place on Tuesday 1st March 2022. The venue is to be announced. We strongly encourage entrants to attend, so that in the event of their receiving a prize or a commendation they can read out their work.

Publication: Subject to the entrant’s approval, stories will be published in a book later in 2022. The copyright will remain with the author.

Good Luck!

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