Congratulations! The winners of the 2024 Short Story Competition are:

Adult Category

Gold: The Watcher by Ellie-Louise Bailey

Silver: Terry, Admin by Rachel Wilson

Bronze: One Thing or Another by Pamela Walker

Young Person Category

Gold: Gale Warning by Ramona Smith

Silver: It's So Hard to Say Goodbye by Lilly Belle Hudson

Bronze: A Fiery Friendship by Evie Price


Entries need to be submitted in English and should be type written*. They must be an original piece of fiction and not an account of real events, either historical or current, where personal details of any living persons or circumstances are used. Entrants must not include their own name in the title or body of the story and entries must not contain defamatory, obscene, offensive, or any other unsuitable material.

Only one entry per person will be permitted and the story must be wholly written by the entrant. All entries must be the original work of the entrant. The use of AI tools to create any part of any entry is not permitted and will lead to disqualification.

All entries will be judged on the following criteria:

Originality (20%)

Plot (20%)

Characterisation (20%)

Language (20%)

Enjoyment (20%)

The first round of judging will be by a team of volunteer judges who will read all entries and score using the criteria above. Entries receiving a score of 75% or more will go forward to the second and final round of judging.Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 stories of each category with a Gold, Silver and Bronze Prize. Prize winners, together with a selection of highly commended entries, will be collated for a Collection of Short Stories.

Sadly, entries cannot be returned so please remember to retain a copy. Unsuccessful entrants will be contacted in respect of their entry but no feedback on any entry will be provided.

* Entries may be typewritten using computers at Swadlincote Library, or by prior arrangement, at No2 Coffee House on The Delph

This project is part-funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund #UKSPF