2023 Prescot Festival Short Story Competition

Feeling imaginative and yearning to put pen to paper? Write a short story of up to 1,000 words for the 2023 Prescot Festival Short Story Competition, and a prize of £100 and publication could be yours. This year marks the 150th anniversary of Arthur O’Shaughnessy’s poem “Ode,” containing these famous lines, which are the theme of this year’s contest:

We are the music makers,
     And we are the dreamers of dreams.

You’ll find more ideas to inspire you in the word cloud below.

Entry to the 2023 Prescot Festival Short Story competition is FREE and open to non-professional writers of ALL AGES living in Merseyside and Halton. The deadline is 2 June 2023, and there’s a £100 prize for the winner, so start writing!

Full Rules

2023 Prescot Festival Short Story Competition Full Rules

  1. To enter, you must live in one of the following six boroughs: Knowsley, St Helens, Sefton, Halton, Wirral or Liverpool. You must not have had a piece of fictional writing professionally published, ie, in return for payment. There are no age restrictions. Only one entry per person is allowed.
  2. The story you submit must be inspired in some way by the theme. It is your choice how to interpret the theme. The story must be your own original work of fiction (no biography, poetry or nonfiction), unpublished, in English, and with no more than 1,000 words. There is no minimum word count.
  3. Type your story in size 12 font. You may include page numbers and the title of the story in the headers and/or footers, but you must NOT include your name or any identifying details, such as an address or email address, in the document itself, as it will be judged anonymously.
  4. Submit it via email to prescotfeststory@outlook.com. Include your name and contact details in the body of the message and the short story as an attachment in Word (.doc/.docx), ODT, RTF or PDF format only.
  5. The closing date for the competition is Friday 2 June 2023. All entries must be received by then.
  6. A panel of judges will read the stories, whose writers remain anonymous, and decide a winner. The judges’ decision is final.
  7. The winner will receive a prize of £100, and their name will be announced at the Prescot Festival Finale on Sunday 25 June.
  8. You retain full copyright of your story, but by submitting it, you give the Prescot Festival permission to republish it online and/or in print, naming you as author.
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