Please ensure you are familiar with the rules outlined below, entry into the competition will be taken as acceptance of these rules.

  • The competition closes at 11.59pm on 31st August 2022. Entries submitted after the deadline will not be eligible for entry.
  • The competition is open to writers of any nationality writing in English.
  • No submissions of erotica or horror will be accepted. Such entries will be disqualified.
  • All entries must be submitted via my online form with the order number as the file name. For example, if your order number was 123, the file name would be 123.docx for example.
  • All entries must be saved in one of the following formats: doc, docx, rtf, txt. Files submitted in any other format or without the order number as their file number will be disqualified.
  • Multiple submissions in a single file will be disqualified.
  • Multiple submissions on a single order number will be disqualified.
  • All entries must comprise the title and story only.
  • The title does not form part of the word count
  • You can enter as many times as you wish but each entry must have its own order number file name
  • Please do not put your name and address anywhere on your entry. All judging is done anonymously. Any entries with names or contact details will be disqualified.
  • Entries cannot be altered or changed after they have been entered.
  • All entries must be available for publication in the anthology.
  • All entries must be previously unpublished.
  • No correspondence will be entered into once you have submitted your work. Please ensure you keep your order entry confirmations for your records.
  • Entries will not be returned under any circumstances.
  • I reserve the right to disqualify any entry if I have reasonable grounds to believe that the entrant has breached any of the rules.
  • I cannot accept any responsibility for any damage, loss, injury or disappointment suffered by any entrant entering the competition.
  • I will act in accordance with current UK data protection legislation in relation to your personal data. All personal data entered on our website is secure.
  • The competition readers’ verdict is final. No correspondence or discussion will be entered into.
  • I reserve the right to amend the rules where it is deemed necessary to do so or where circumstances are beyond my control. Any changes to the rules will be posted on this website.
  • I reserve the right not to award the first prize in any category and to cancel the publication of the anthology where circumstances are beyond my control, or if the readers’ overall verdict is that the entries are not up to the required standard for publication. In the very unlikely event of the competition being cancelled, any entry fees will be refunded.
  • I reserve the right to edit (working with the author) the winning entries of all competitions.
  • Copyright for all short story, flash fiction and poetry competition winners remains with the authors and poets, but all entrants are deemed to grant my website non-exclusive worldwide license over their entries for publicity purposes thereafter. Selected pieces may appear in electronic format on the website, or in other electronic forms. Authors will be notified when such action is taken.
  • Submission of your entry into the short story, flash fiction or poetry competition is taken to be an unqualified acceptance of all these Rules.

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