Short Story Contest

Update: the contest is now closed! 

Thank you so much to all of the wonderful writers that submitted for our inaugural contest! The winners will be announced in March 2021, with full details of the collected top ten stories following soon after.

First Prize: $150

Two Runners Up: $50

Top Ten Entries: published in a short story collection

All winners will receive two free copies of the collection, which will be available to purchase here on our website and at the Blackwater Bookshop (when it opens!). Once again, thank you to all those that sent us their work; we're delighted with how our first contest has gone and plan on hosting many more. 

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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