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Global Short Story Competition
And who are we looking for?
Well, we are not looking for the big names of the literary world, rather the talented authors who remain to be discovered, the voices which are as yet unheard, the stories as yet untold, the writers ignored by the publishing industry.
The prize for the monthly competition is £100 to the winner, £25 to the highly commended and £250 for the end of year one.
Previous Winning Entries
Read previous winning stories and get an idea of the talent that's out there.
Is your story as good
- or even better?
Countdown to the end of this Months
Global Short Story Competition
Enter now for your chance to win £100.
Calling all Writers
The Internet gives writers the opportunity to have their voice heard and there are plenty of examples of authors who have gone on to writing careers after their work was first aired on the worldwide web. One of our previous competition winners is currently negotiating a two-book deal.
So, we are inviting stories by writers from any country in the world, to be judged by an experienced panel of writers.
The monthly Global Short Story Competition has proved itself a success for more than five years and has the backing of internationally renowned author Bill Bryson OBE.
Bill, the former Chancellor of Durham University, agreed to support the competition, run by the team here at Inscribe Media Limited, because he shares our passion for writing and for the North-East of England, where we are based.
The competition runs every month with £100 for the winner and £25 for the runner-up and is open to writers from across the world. There is an annual prize of £250 for the best story in a given year.
Chair of the judging panel for the competition is writer Fiona Cooper, a published novelist and short story writer who lives in Northumberland, North-East England.
She has published eight novels, mainly with Serpent's Tail, including Rotary Spokes, Jay Loves Lucy and A Skyhook in the Midnight Sun, which is based in Newcastle. Her work ranges from comedy to fantasy and she has contributed short stories to numerous collections, including Passion Fruit (Pandora) and Such Devoted Sisters (ed. Shena McKay), as well as publishing a collection of short stories, I Believe in Angels. Several of these have been translated into German and Catalan.
She has performed in most cities in the UK as well as Paris and Valletta. Fiona has also appeared on BBC Radio programmes and her work has been dramatised on Radio 4.
How to enter
The Global Short Story Competition is held monthly and the closing date for entries is the last day of the month.
Judging then takes place with the winning stories posted on this site .
To enter fill out all the areas on the entry form, upload your story as a .doc or .pdf file and pay your entry fee through the secure Paypal link.
If you have any problems email firstname.lastname@example.org
Frequently asked questions
Is your payment system secure?!
We use PayPal, which has an international reputation for the security of its system and is used the world over.
What is the prize money?
£100 for the monthly competition, £25 for the hghly commended entry and £250 for our end-of-year one.
How do I know what the pounds sterling prize is worth in the currency of my nation?
You can either ask at your bank or there are plenty of websites which can do it for you, such as the US one http://www.x-rates.com/ for dollar conversions
What do you mean by 'winning writers'?
Does this mean the writers who get UKP 100 or UKP 250, or does it also mean honourable mentions? I ask this because if a story is put up when it is an honourable mention (or in a shortlist or at a position that is announced but get no prize money etc), it becomes published and the first rights are lost without any revenue coming through. While some writers like this because it gives exposure, others may not. Clarity on this may help and avoid confusion/ unhappiness later.
All rights remain with the writer throughout. A winning writer (by which we mean someone winning the £100 monthly prize or the £250 annual one or small prizes for being highly commended, where applicable) will always retain the rights to their work. Copyright always remains with the writer, as does the right to send a piece elsewhere. As part of the competition, we will place winning stories on the site but that does not mean a writer cannot submit them elsewhere.
Can I submit a story that has been posted as a blog at a blog site?
That is no problem at all.
You use sterling on your website. How much would the £5 entry fee be in US funds?
If you’re using Paypal, the Paypal system will automatically convert the transaction using the prevailing dates exchange rates. It will be about $10.
If entering by post, to whom do I make out the cheque?
It should be made out for £5 to Inscribe Media Limited
Those who would rather post their entries can send them direct to
18 Milbank Court
Marked Global Short Story Competition, and containing a £5 entry fee. Cheques should made payable to Inscribe Media Limited.
Inscribe Media Limited 18 Milbank Court, Darlington, Co Durham DL3 9PF 01325 463813 email email@example.com