Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition 2017

Tuesday 1st August 2017 sees the launch of the sixth biennial Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition hosted by the award-winning charity InterAct Stroke Support.

The short story competition was first launched in 2008 and the challenge remains the same: writers are requested to write a piece, in any genre, in no more than 1000 words. The winner of the competition will write four further stories for InterAct Stroke Support over the course of one year and will receive £1000.

The closing date for submissions is Friday 22nd December 2017 and first place will be awarded at the winner’s ceremony in 2018 (date and venue to be confirmed).


Baroness Ruth Rendell, a beloved patron, judge and friend of InterAct put her name to the award after the first short story competition in 2008 and sadly passed away in 2015. The competition continues to inspire writers in her honour.


InterAct Stroke Support is the only UK charity dedicated to supporting stroke recovery by using professional actors to deliver hospital readings and community projects. InterAct specialises in delivering stimulating and inspiring short stories specially selected to suit the needs of stroke patients.  The readings are designed to assist recovery by improving mood, stimulating the brain and providing a much-needed creative outlet.

Stories of any genre can be submitted by email or post and the submission fee is £15.00 per story. Please find more details and terms and conditions of entry on the InterAct Stroke Support website:


Call for Short Story Submissions at

Deadline: On-going

Short Story Sunday is launching in November 2014 and will create an inviting space for readers to enjoy stories from leading published and unpublished authors from around the world, showcasing one short story each Sunday.

We have been working with top-tier publishers and have received submissions from established literary award-winning international authors alongside newly published authors – and now we want talented unpublished authors too.

What We Publish

We are open to most genres as long as they tell a well-crafted story. We will be publishing Commercial, Young Adult and Children’s Short Story/Flash Fiction but there are genres and topics we won’t be publishing – please check the main site for more information on our submission guidelines.

Festive Contributions

With winter approaching we are also looking for festive-themed stories to run over the festive-period in any of the following genres:

– ‘Uplifting’ Christmas Story

– ‘Alternative’ Christmas Story

– ‘Dark’ Christmas Story

–  ‘New Year’ Story

Put Your Work In Front Of Publishers/Agents

We are currently working closely with publishers and literary agents whilst co-ordinating submissions from internationally-published authors and the site will promote stories from both published and unpublished authors. As a result unpublished authors can expect that their work will be viewed by both publishers and literary agents.

Submission Guidelines

This is a free entry publication – there are no submission fees or charges to send your story to us.

Please click on the ‘Submit Your Story’ link on the main site for our full contributor guidelines to check our exclusivity requirements before you send in your submission/s.

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