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Tuesday, 8 April 2014

History short story competition

The annual The Writers & Artists’ Short Story Competition is seeking work from all writers of historical fiction, all nationalities, in English. The guest judge is Celia Brayfield.

What they want:

“Clearly evoke the time and place your historical piece is set within no more than 1,000 words.  

“That means we don’t just want a title of ‘Hastings: 1066’. We want to get a sense of the world your protagonist is walking through. What’s happening? How are people dressed? What are they eating? How do they talk?  The winning entry will have succeeded in completely immersing us in their chosen period.

“Your entry can be a standalone story or part of a larger piece you’re working on. And it CAN involve fantastical elements if you so wish, though it must still be set in the real world. So long as it’s unpublished and it’s set in the past then you’re eligible to enter. Entries must be submitted via email to with the subject heading: 'Historical fiction competition'.  Best of luck!”

Competition deadlines:

Entries must be submitted by midnight (GMT) on Sunday 11th May.

A winner and two runners up will be announced on this website on Tuesday 27th May.


First prize: £150, a pair of tickets to visit Beamish Museum and a copy of Writing Historical Fiction: a Writers & Artists Companion [I’ve been to Beamish more than once and it’s a fantastic venue to visit- Nik]

Runners up: £25 each and a copy of Writing Historical Fiction: a Writers & Artists Companion



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