Hastings Litfest Short Story Competition 2019

Hastings 2019 Litfest Short Story Competition

Now in our second year we are looking for short stories of up to 1500 words. The theme is the same as our festival: In Other Words – an exploration of difference, otherness, new perspectives and expanding horizons, to be interpreted as the author sees fit.

Judge: Tabatha Stirling

Tabby lives in Edinburgh, Scotland with her family and a depressed beagle called the Beagle. A published author and poet, Tabby signed with Unbound for her debut novel, Blood On The Banana Leaf, in August 2016 and released her latest novel Bitter Leaves in March 2019.

“I am looking specifically for beautifully written stories in any genre that don’t try too hard and have authentic voices that echo long after I’ve finished reading.  Writing of quality – luminous, transportive prose that makes me pause and groan, ‘Oh! I wish I’d written that’.”


First Prize £100 Second £40, Third £25, plus trophies.  
The top placed entries in each category (poetry, short story and flash fiction) will be included in a 2019 anthology.

Prize-giving will be on Sunday 1st September at the Litfest Closing Ceremony. 


For further details, rules & entry form visit  http://hastingslitfest.org/competitions/

Watch/listen to Stroud Short Stories on our YouTube Channel!

The 7 stories read by their authors at our October 2016 ‘Stroud Short Stories Greatest Hits’ event at Cheltenham Literature Festival and the 10 stories read by their authors at our November 2016 event ‘The Apocalypse Alphabet & Other Stories’ are now on the SSS YouTube Channel.

Just click here

Just decide which of these authors you want to watch/listen to – Debbie Young, Philip Douch, Ali Bacon, Andrew Stevenson, Rick Vick, Mel Golding, Bill Jones, Alex Clark, Ken Clements, Steve Wheeler, Nastasya Parker, Chloe Turner, Natalie Lee, Kate O’Grady, Mark Graham or Geoff Mead.

Actually, you can’t go wrong!

http://stroudshortstories.blogspot.co.uk/