University of Leicester 2015 Short Story Competition

The Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning is delighted to announce our 2015 Short Story Competition for previously unpublished writers.

Writing Competition 2015

As in 2014, the competition is only open to writers whose home address has an LE postcode.

Stories can be in any genre and on any subject.

£300 – Creative Writing prize (open to entrants aged 18 and over).

£100 – Junior Prize (open to entrants aged between 14 and 17)

Winning stories and runners-up will appear in a short anthology and on the University of Leicester Website.

Deadline for entries    11th September 2015

No entry charge

We are after stories no longer than 2500 words, and each competitor can only submit one story. The story must be an original piece of imaginative storytelling – no factual or autobiographical material. Otherwise there are no limits on what you can write. Your story can be in any genre or style. We’re looking for well-told, lively, interesting tales, that’s all. For further details, please see our competition webpage 

July Fortnightly Round-up II

Hello everyone,
Here’s all the short story news from the ShortStops’ blog over the past fortnight.

Lit Mags

Things on the lit mag scene are rather “powerful” this month – check out Issue 38 of Neon Magazine – and Battery Pack makes its debut. And Don’t Do It has unveiled Issue 5, the Electricity issue. For your further reading pleasure, Bunbury’s fifth issue is the Mythology special. The deadline for this month’s Writing Maps contest has passed, but it has launched its new map, The Big Gay Writing Map.

The Manchester Review Issue 12 is now live and they are also calling for submissions for Issue 13. The Casket of Fictional Delights is calling for your Christmas stories! HeadStuff wants your writing, as does The Cro Magnon, for their website and perhaps for their travelling show.


The London Short Story Prize is now open for entries, deadline Sep 19th. The new short story competition from VCLL is aimed at those from Leicester and the surrounding areas, deadline 12th Sept, and Magic Oxygen are running a new short story and poetry contest to create a tropical word forest, deadline 30th November.

More competitions: The 3rd annual A Spot of Hysteria Writing Competition run by the UK Hysterectomy Association (deadline Aug 31); the RAC’s national short story competition on the theme of Driving in Europe, deadline 11 Sept; Creative Industries Trafford’s flash fiction competition, deadline Sept 15th; and the Historic House Short Story Comp (26 Sep) wants stories inspired by or set in a historic house.


The Berko Summer School is holding a series of one-off masterclasses, including a short story masterclass with Adam Marek tomorrow, July 29th.

Last Minutes & Gentle Reminders

The Sean O’Faolain short story competition and  Writeidea’s national short story contest, The Writeidea Prize both close on July 31st.

If you are eager for even more short-story-related news, do follow ShortStops on Twitter where, when we should be writing, we spend (far too) much time passing on news from lit mags, live lit events, short story workshops and festivals! If you’d like to review an event or a publication, drop me a line.

Happy reading, writing, listening and performing!
Tania x

VCLL Short Story Competition open until 12/9/14



Creative Writing Competition


This Summer, at the University of Leicester’s Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning, we’re running our first ever Short Story competition. It’s open to previously unpublished writers in two age categories: adult (over 21) and Junior (10-15) from Leicester and surrounding areas.

The closing date is the 12th Sept 2014. There’s a £300 prize for the adult winner and £100 for the junior winner. All shortlisted stories from the adults’ competition will be published in an anthology.

Detailed information about the competition can be found here.