may, 2020

31may1:00 am1:00 amShooter Short Story CompetitionOnline Entry Fee: £7
Max word count: 5,000
Top Prize: £400 and publication

Event Details

Welcome to the 2020 Shooter Short Story Competition, the fifth year of our contest that spotlights notable new literary talent, with cash prizes and highlighted publication both in the pages of Shooter and online. There’s a prize pot of £500 and discounted entry for multiple stories – so get submitting!

Regular submissions to the magazine are usually confined to a particular theme, but the competition offers a chance to write about whatever compels you, in any style, to a maximum of 5,000 words. We’re looking for imaginative, absorbing and beautifully written stories that bring characters to life and elicit an emotional response from the reader. In short, well written tales that appeal to both the head and the heart.

In return for the entry fee, all entrants will receive an e-copy of Shooter’s winter 2021 issue, which will feature the winning story.

  • The winner of the 2020 Shooter Short Story Competition will receive £400, publication in the winter issue and on the website, and promotion on Shooter’s social media.
  • The runner-up will receive £100, publication on Shooter’s website, and promotion on social media.
  • All entrants will receive an e-copy of Shooter’s winter 2021 issue.
  • Stories may be any theme or genre, and any length up to 5,000 words.
  • The competition is open to entries through May 31st, 2020.
  • All proceeds from the entry fee of £7 (or £10 for two stories) go toward prizes, contributor payments and Shooter’s production costs, supporting our mission to promote the best new writing and encourage the principle of paying writers for their work.

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