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 and for Screenplays PDF is also fine. 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. This rule doesn't apply the Screenplay Competition as the format of the documents is different.

  4. Please write your word count in the file, and ensure it is up to 300 words for Flash Fiction, 1500 Words for Short Story and max 30 pages for Screenplay 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:  


Flash Fiction Winner Prize: £100
Short Story Winner Prize: £100
Short Screenplay Winner Prize: Final Draft Software Last Version (worth $250)
Alongside the prizes...
Interviews with the winners are published on our website, they are promoted on our social media and also winners appear on our Announcement Newsletter.
We also promote all of our longlisted writers on our website and social media channels because we think that all of our longlisted writers are great not only the winners.


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

Creative Writing Competition 

2020 Calendar 

1st Quarter 2020

8th December 2019- Open For Submissions 

12th January 2020- Regular Deadline

9th February 2020 -- Submissions Close

8th March 2020 - Winner Announcement

2nd Quarter

8th March 2020- Open For Submissions 

5th April 2020- Regular Deadline

3rd May 2020 -- Submissions Close

7th June 2020 - Winner Announcement

3rd Quarter

7th June 2020- Open For Submissions 

5th July 2020- Regular Deadline

2nd August 2020 -- Submissions Close

6th September 2020 - Winner Announcement

4th Quarter

6th September 2020- Open For Submissions 

4th October 2020- Regular Deadline

1st November 2020 -- Submissions Close

6th December 2020 - Winner Announcement



  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. Please see 7 and 8 for Translations and Joint Authorship.

  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.

  7. Translated works: Applications can only be made by the writer, not the translator. However, the translator's name needs to be mentioned as the 'Translator'. Translator does not share the price money -this decision is up to the author and translator's private agreement. However, the name of the translator needs to be mentioned in the announcement, as being the translator of the winning (or long-listed) story.

  8. Joint authorship: Joint authorship only counted if the work has been created together, not writing support, which will count as editing, proofreading, or translating or any similar support; but only in creating the story. Both writers have to agree that this is a joint work of them and they also agree on which writer will be the representative writer during the process, before submitting. Any doubts or complaints from any writer will cause the story/screenplay to be disqualified. The application needs to proceed with only one writer, therefore that writer will be representing both writers. The fee should be paid by this representing writer, and therefore the prize money will be paid to this representing writer. It is the representing writer's responsibility to share the prize money with the joint writer. Before submitting, all the conditions above must be read and agreed upon by both writers. (We do not give credit to the Editors or Proofreaders.)


  1. Maximum length: Flash Fiction: 300 words, title excluded. Short Story 1500 Words. Short Screenplay 30 Pages

  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 as stated on the calendar. 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 vary according to the category and 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 vary as follows: Flash Fiction £100 First. Short Story £100 First. Short Screenplay Final Draft software (worth 250USD). 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 Flash Fiction and Short Story will be published on our site. The Winning Short Screenplay will NOT be published on the website due to the Copywrite concerns. Recommended entries only have their titles and author names published for announcement purposes.

  4. All of the Flash Fiction and Short Story 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.




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