Competition Rules

Parracombe Prize Short Story Competition Rules

1 Entries must be in English.

2 All work submitted for consideration must be the entrant’s original writing.

3 Entries to be up to 2023 words (this corresponds to the year of the competition, but does not include the title). There is no minimum word count.

4 Entries must not have been published in print, an online third party site or accepted for publication elsewhere. Posting a story on your own social media site or blog will not preclude you from submitting it to this competition.

5 Each entry must be submitted online along with a £5 entry fee. 

6 You may enter as many stories as you wish. Each entry must be made separately.

7 The closing date for entries in this annual competition is midnight, 31st January.

8 By entering the competition, Parracombe Community Trust has once-only permission to publish the short-listed stories in our anthology.

9 The results of the competition will be posted on 

10 Entries will be judged anonymously and according to a professional mark-scheme that includes: narrative, structure, language and characterisation. 

11 The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

12 No corrections will be accepted.

13 Entries submitted for consideration may be withdrawn from the competition by entrants by notification in writing (or by email). No refund will be made for withdrawn entries.

14 All entries should be submitted as a document in either Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx), Open Document Text (.odt) or PDF (.pdf) in a traditional font such as Times, and double spaced. No identity should be included on the document in order to judge fairly. We will assign each entry a unique identifier. (Exceptions)

Personal information is subject to the Parracombe Community Trust’s data protection rules and will not be used for any form of marketing or communication – other than connection with the competition – nor passed to any third party without permission.