Short Story Contest

Update: the contest is now closed! 

Thank you so much to all of the wonderful entrants who contributed to our inaugural short story writing contest. We were so thrilled with the quality of the stories and with how many entries we received, and are looking forward to thinking of a theme for the next one. The winners of the contest were as follows:

First Prize: Birds of Egypt by Marie Gethins

Runner Up: To Pierce the Dark by Malina Douglas

Runner Up: The Field by Alexandra O'Connell

And the seven honourable mentions that will help comprise our ten-story collection:

Home Bird by Gemma Church

Arise, Stop at the 7-Eleven, and Go by Ann Cwiklinski

The Muse by Xela Culletto

When a Blackbird is Near by Louise Keogh

The Bird with the Black Jacket by Alex Manley

The Bird Tells Me So by George Wehrfritz

When the Bird Sings by David Winstone


The collection is now available to pre-order here on our website.  Once again, many thanks to all of the brilliant writers who supported us by entering; we hope to read many more of your stories in future.

Enormous thanks to our sponsors for making this contest possible:





And for their competition listings, thanks to:

Almond Press (

Christopher Fielden (

Writers HQ (

Writers Reign (

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