Oakwood Literature Festival Short Story Competition 2020
We are looking for stories that contain narrative invention and beautifully crafted voices. The stories can be on any subject, see below.
1st Prize £75
NB Due to the coronavirus outbreak and the cancellation of the main festival, there will now be a virtual awards ceremony where winners will be announced.
A short extract of the winning work and runner up will be read out at a virtual awards ceremony.
The winner will be selected by a panel of judges, with the final decision being made by head judge, Anthony Poulton-Smith and will be judged on literary merit, originality and readability.
- Entries can be on any subject except erotica
- Short stories should between 2,000 and 3,000 words in length
- Closing date for receipt of entries: Sunday 5 April 2020, 11.59pm
- Prize winner and runners up will be notified by: Friday 1 May 2020
The entry fee is £5 per story (you can send as multiple entries, maximum of three) payable online or by cheque made out to: Oakwood Literature Festival.
How to Enter
Complete Application Form which contains full details of how to apply. Please DO NOT include your name on the submitted work (just on the application form.
Terms & Conditions
The competition is open to anyone aged 18 or over, and resident in the United Kingdom. Oakwood Literature Festival is unable to offer any financial assistance for winners to attend the prizegiving.
Entries must be entirely the work of the person entering and must never have been published, self-published, published on any website or online forum, broadcast nor won or been placed in any other competition (as at May 2020).
Worldwide copyright of each entry remains with the author, but by entering the competition the entrant agrees that Oakwood Literature Festival will have the unrestricted right to publish the winning story and those of the three runners up, on the Festival website or as ‘posters’, postcards and/or celebratory pamphlets for display and distribution during the Festival and the entrant waives his/her rights in relation to such publication to the extent that he/she is able to do so.
The judges’ decision is final and no individual correspondence can be entered into.
Judges are unable to comment on individual entries.
Judging will be fair and unbiased.
The organisers reserve the right to change the panel of judges without notice and not to award prizes if, in the opinion of the judges, such action is justified.
Prize winner and runners up will be notified by Friday 1 May 2020 and invited to receive their prize and read their work at Oakwood Community Centre on Saturday 23 May.
The list of prize winners will be displayed on the website after 23 May 2020.
Entry implies acceptance of all the above rules.
Failure to comply with the entry requirements will result in disqualification.