How to Enter

  1. Please make sure you've read the Policies , Terms&Conditions , submitting this competition will mean that you accept our conditions.

  2. Have your entry file on your computer and ready for submission. Acceptable file types are doc Word documents. The file name must be the title of your piece. If your work does not have a title, then the file name must be the first three words of your piece. 

  3. Do not state your identity on your file, no names and no email accounts, please. Judges will read the stories anonymously.

  4. Please write your word count in the file, and ensure it is up to 300 words without the title.

  5. Choose from one of the PayPal buttons above, depending on how many entries you want to make and click on it. 

  6. Pay using your PayPal account or using your Credit/Debit card. If you pay by Credit/Debit card.

  7. Check your email for your PayPal receipt email.

  8. 'Forward' the email to us for submitting.

  9. 'Attach' your entry file(s) to the email.

  10. 'Send' your entry to the following address:  


Judges: Our aim is to get as many judges as we can onboard. Please check the judges and beware of that the lists will change in time, keep checking!

Creative Writing Competition 

2019 Calendar 

1st Half 2019

13th November 2018 --New Competition Opens for Submissions

Early Bird Deadline13th November 2018- 13th January 2019

Regular Deadline 14th January 2019- 3rd March 2019

Late Deadline 4th March 2019 - 30th March 2019

Extended Deadline 31st March 2019 - 5th May 2019

Competition Closes on 6th May 2019

Winner Announcements 1st July 2019


2nd Half 2019

7th May 2019 --New Competition Opens for Submissions

Early Bird Deadline 6th May 2019- 30th June 2019

Regular Deadline 1st July 2019- 1st September 2019

Late Deadline 2nd September 2019 - 29th September 2019

Extended Deadline 30th September 2019 - 3rd November 2019

Competition Closes on 4th November 2019



  1. Entrants must be 18 years or over.

  2. Entry is open to everyone, nationally and internationally.

  3. All entries can only be made by the work's individual author.

  4. Entries must have been unpublished in print or online, or not been broadcast. 

  5. Entries can be on any theme or subject but must be original and written in English. They must also be for adult or young adult readers who are over 13 years old. 

  6. Authors retain full worldwide copyright throughout.


  1. Maximum length is 300 words, title excluded.

  2. Entries should be typed in a plain legible font, the 11pt font is suggested.

  3. Entries will be read and judged anonymously. Please do not put your name, address, email, telephone number or any personally identifying information on any page.

  4. If the piece has no title, then its first three words must be used as the title.

  5. The acceptable file type is the doc.

  6. The file name must be the title of your piece. If your piece does not have a title, then the file name must be its first three words.


  1. Entry is online via email We do not accept postal entries.

  2. No major corrections or alterations can be made after entries have been received.

  3. Entry is open for 2 months. The current closing date is at Midnight on our Calender.

  4. There is no limit to the number of entries any single entrant may make.

  5. Entries are acknowledged by your receiving of a PayPal receipt.


  1. The standard fee is £7.00 GBP for one submission. Prices vary according to the entry date, please see the list above. 

  2. Submissions must be paid for via the PayPal buttons on this site. Payment can be made using your PayPal account or via Credit/Debit card option on the PayPal page.


  1. Full refunds are available up to the closing date of each round, please contact via email to us about it.

  2. Once a round's closing date has passed, no refunds can be made.


  1. The prize for the competition is £200 First. A recommendation list will be also announced on our website. 

  2. The results of the competition will be announced on the London Independent Story Prize website.

  3. Entrants retain copyright. First, second, third will be published on our site. Recommended entries only have their titles and author names published for announcement purposes.

  4. All entrants will be considered for print and/or digital publication in our forthcoming London Independent Story Prize Anthology, which will be announced when there are enough stories to create the anthology.

Entry constitutes acceptance of all London Independent Story Prize Rules, Terms and Conditions, and Privacy Policies. Entries that fail to comply with rules, terms and conditions, privacy policies and requirements will be disqualified. No correspondence can be entered into, Judges’ decisions are final.




2nd Half 1029 Winners will be announced on the 8th of December 2019!
Now it's time to relax and write great stories!

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