1. Short story submissions for the 2023 Prize will be accepted from August 25, 2022
  2. The DEADLINE for receipt of entries is 5pm (EST) on May 31, 2023.
  3. Entries will only be accepted through Duosuma.
  4. All authors are strictly required to obtain the prior approval of any third party who holds any rights in their story before submitting an Entry.
  5. Short stories can be any theme or genre. You can enter any number of short stories but please check you are submitting the correct version of your work before uploading, as mistakes cannot be rectified later. If you have submitted the wrong version or have made a mistake in the work, you can withdraw it and resubmit a corrected version with the word ‘FINAL’ included in the file name. Please note a further fee would be payable. Entries can be withdrawn by logging into your account. To see how to withdraw, please click here. Entry fees will not be refunded.
  6. Fill in the Entry Form and submit your short story via Duosuma. All entries are judged anonymously. Please do not include your name, address, phone number, email, website, social media details, etc on the short story document or in the file name as this will result in disqualification.


Format the short story as per the following instructions:

  • Your story must be written in English
  • A maximum of 3,000 words. No minimum. Title not included in the word count.
  • Typed
  • Arial or Times New Roman, 12pt, black
  • Double spaced
  • Include a front page which details the title of story and the word count ONLY. The author’s name should not be included anywhere in the document or the file name.
  • No illustrations
  • Save as a Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx). We also accept file types .rtf, .pdf, with the Short Story title as the file name. Please do not include the author’s name in the file name or it will be disqualified.



1.1 “Contest” means this contest to find the best short story, as determined by the appointed judges, which shall be known as the “The Writing District Prize 2023”.

1.2 “Entrant(s)” means all authors submitting an entry.

1.3 “Entry” means any short story meeting the submission criteria entered for the Contest and “Entries” shall be construed accordingly.


2.1 From the Entries submitted, the judges will draw up a longlist of up to twenty (20) Entries. The judges will then reduce this to a shortlist of three (3) outstanding Entries, from which they will select the winning Entry. The Writing District reserves the right to increase or reduce the number of Entries selected for the longlist and shortlist at their sole discretion.

2.2 First prize is $1,000 and publication on our website and this will be presented to the author of the best, eligible Entry in the opinion of the judges.

2.3 There will be two runners-up prizes of $100 each.

2.4 The prize money will be transferred to the bank account of the winning Entrant only.


3.1 The Contest is open to writers across the globe, writing in the English language, aged 16 years or over at the time of submission.

3.2 The Entry must not contain more than three thousand (3,000) words. The word count should be listed on the Entry and must be precise.

3.3 Entries must be submitted by the author. Entries must be entirely the author’s own work. Any evidence to the contrary will result in immediate disqualification.

3.4 The author may submit more than one story, as long as the entry fee accompanies each individual entry.

3.5 Entries must not have been published, self-published, published on any website, blog or online forum, broadcast, have won or been placed (2nd, 3rd, runner up etc) in any other contest. If your entry has been long-listed or shortlisted in other contests, and provided it has not won a prize or been published, it is eligible.

3.6 Simultaneous submissions are allowed but will become ineligible should they win a prize elsewhere, be published or scheduled for future publication prior to the date of prize giving. Entry fees will not be refunded. You must inform us immediately should your entry be published or win a prize elsewhere.

3.7 Entrants warrant that their Entry is original, entirely the Entrant’s own work, does not infringe any existing copyright, moral rights or any other rights of any third party and contains nothing obscene, libellous, unlawful, defamatory or anything which The Writing District may otherwise deem to be inappropriate, and the Entrant warrants that the Entry is suitable for publication on the The Writing District website.

3.8 The Contest is not open to employees, tutors, or editors of The Writing District, any of its associated, affiliated or subsidiary companies, the administrators, or anyone connected with the Contest or their direct family members.

3.9 Entries are limited to stories written in English. Translations of short stories originally published in other languages and translated into English are also eligible for the Contest.


4.1 Worldwide copyright of each entry remains with the author but The Writing District has unrestricted rights to publish the winning and shortlisted short stories on The Writing District website and any relevant promotional material.

4.2 The Entrant acknowledges and agrees that each shortlisted Entry shall be cleared and can be used for publicity purposes to generate coverage for the Contest, in a format, manner and for such time as may be determined by The Writing District.


5.1 The Contest judges (as appointed by The Writing District) will select a longlist from which they will select a shortlist of three Entries. The Writing District reserves the right to increase or reduce the numbers of Entries selected for the longlist and the shortlist at their sole discretion.

5.2 All shortlisted Entries will be contacted personally by telephone. The overall winner of the Contest will be announced on July 31, 2023, on The Writing District website.

5.3 The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into or appeals shall be heard. Judges are unable to comment on individual Entries. Judging is fair and unbiased.

5.4 The judging panel will be appointed by the Contest Director in association with The Writing District and will include a representative from The Writing District as well as members of the literary community. Author W T Paterson will be the final judge. The Writing District reserves the right to change the panel of judges without notice.


6.1 The Entry Form, short story and payment must be completed and submitted by 5pm (EST) on May 31, 2023.

6.2 Entrants must provide their telephone number and postal address. The Writing District will only ever use personal details for the purposes of administering this Contest, and will not publish them or provide them without permission to anyone not involved in the administration of this Contest. Uses of personal data received by The Writing District in the course of the Contest are subject to the privacy policy found on the The Writing District website. As a condition of entry to the Contest, Entrants consent to their names being published by The Writing District in connection with the Contest.

6.3 Online Entries are confirmed by the email receipt of your payment to PayPal, plus an email from Duosuma. Please check your spam folder as emails can land there. It is NOT possible to confirm receipt of Entries by phone or email.

6.4 Entrants must supply full details as required above, and comply with all rules and terms and conditions to be eligible for the Contest. Ineligible, obscene or fraudulent Entries will be automatically disqualified. In the event that any Entrant breaches or The Writing District reasonably believes that an Entrant has breached these Terms and Conditions, The Writing District may reject the Entry and/or remove the Entrant from any longlist or shortlist and/or retract the Contest.

6.5 Please note that no Entries can be returned.

6.6 The Writing District reserve the right to refuse any Entry to the Contest for any reason at their absolute discretion.

6.7 Any author who submits an Entry warrants that they have all necessary consents, approvals, rights and licences required to submit an Entry in accordance with these Terms and Conditions.

6.8 Entrants indemnify and will keep The Writing District indemnified against loss, injury or damage (including any legal costs or expenses and any compensation costs and disbursements paid or incurred by The Writing District, on the advice of legal counsel to compromise or settle any claim) occasioned to The Writing District, in consequence of any breach of the warranties contained in these terms and conditions or arising out of any claim alleging that the submitted Entry constitutes an infringement of any third party intellectual property rights or contains libellous, obscene or defamatory matter.

6.9 There is no alternative to the prize stated and the prize is not transferable and no part or parts of the prize may be substituted for other benefits, items or additions.

6.10 The Writing District will not be liable for any failure of receipt of Entries. The Writing District have no responsibility or liability for any Entries which are lost, delayed, illegible, damaged, incomplete or otherwise invalid.

6.11 The Writing District reserves the right at any time to cancel, modify or supersede the Contest (including altering prizes) if, at its sole discretion, the Contest is not capable of being conducted as specified. The Writing District reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal value in the event that circumstances beyond their control make this unavoidable or such other reasons as The Writing District may deem reasonable.

6.12 The Writing District reserves the right to amend these Terms and Conditions. Any amendments will be published on https://thewritingdistrict.com/. It is the responsibility of the Entrant to check for any changes to the Terms and Conditions.

6.13 These Terms and Conditions are exclusively governed by the laws of England and Wales and Entrants submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales. Nothing contained in these Terms and Conditions shall limit the right of The Writing District, its affiliates or subsidiaries, successors or assigns, to bring a claim against any party in any other jurisdiction.