GRINDSTONE

SHORT STORY PRIZE

For the bold, the brave, and the downright daring.

Early Bird Closing Deadline: 1st May 2021

(Final deadline: 1st August 2021)

The Grindstone Short Story Prize returns this year, seeking out the best short fiction writers from around the world. With previous winners submitting from the UK, Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada, to name a few, this is truly a global prize that rewards creativity.

Writers are asked to submit a piece of short fiction between 1000 and 3000 words, of any genre, aimed at adult readers.

The final deadline for entries falls on the 1st of August 2021, and the winners will be announced on October 16th 2021.

Full Prize List

Grand Prize - £500

Runner Up - £200

4x Shortlisters - £50

The top 20 entries will be curated into our yearly anthology and published in print.

The winners will be announced on the 16th of October 2021.

Submission Deadlines

Entries submitted during the Early Bird phase of our prize will receive an Advanced Announcement, detailing the result of their entry.

  • Submit your entry during any entry phase to be considered for the prize.

    • Early Bird: Submit before the 1st of May 2021.

      • Receive the result of your submission by ​the 1st of July 2021.

    • Final Submission: Submit before the 1st August 2021.

      • Receive the final announcement on October 16th 2021.​

Advanced Announcements Early Bird entries include the result of your submission and will inform you whether your work is being considered for our longlist, or whether it has not moved forward.

Entrants whose work is not moving forward may then edit and reenter in a later phase of the same prize if they so wish. 

Pricing & Optional Feedback

  • Early Bird: £8.00

    • + £8.00 Optional Feedback Supplement​

  • Regular Submission: £10.00

    • + £8.00 Optional Feedback Supplement​

Entrants submitting without feedback will be required to pay the listed entry fee. Those who wish to receive feedback will be required to pay the feedback supplement of £8.00 and follow the below guidelines.

If you wish to receive feedback, you may include two feedback prompts should you want our judges to answer specific questions or focus on specific areas. If no prompts are included, feedback will be provided on the areas our judges feel needs the most attention.

What To Submit

  • A single PDF document containing your entry. 

  • Entries should be no longer than 3000 words, and no shorter than 1000 words.

  • Entries may fall under any genre.

  • Entries must be aimed at adult readers.

  • Entries must not contain any identifying data as we judge our competitions anonymously.

How To Submit

  • Entries must be made via Grindstone Literary's online submission platform.

  • Entrants will be required to sign up to use this platform, which is FREE, and requires no payment.

    • It is used solely to allow users to manage their submissions and view the results of the competitions they enter.

  • Entrants may visit: https://user.grindstoneliterary.com at any time to register and account or log in, or click the 'Dashboard' link at the top of this page.

  • Once an account has been registered and verified, you can submit by clicking the 'Short Story Prize' button on the left hand menu, or by clicking the submit button below.

  • More information on our Dashboard system can be found on this blog post.

  • The winning entries will be announced via email and on social media. You may also view the result of your submission in your user dashboard following the announcement date.

Terms/Rules

  • The Short Story Prize is open to all writers, both published and unpublished.

  • Entries of any genre are eligible for entry.

  • Entries must be between 1000 and 3000 words in length.

  • Entries must be aimed at adult audiences.

  • Entries must be submitted as PDFs.

  • Entrants may submit multiple entries, but each entry must have its own fee.

  • Entrants will not be able to revise their entries once submitted.

  • Entrants must be 18 or over to submit.

  • Entrants may submit from any country, but only entries submitted in English will be considered.

  • Entrants will not receive any information regarding the reasoning behind why their entry was, or was not chosen.

  • No disputes or communications will be entered into regarding the results of any submissions.

  • We reserve the right to disqualify entrants if we feel they violate the above terms. 

  • Any work found to be plagiarised, hateful, gratuitous, or offensive may be disqualified at our discretion. 

Please be respectful of both this competition and our readers. We hope that you enjoy competing, and good luck. For any more information, email admin@grindstoneliterary.com. Please bear in mind that due to a large number of emails, we may take several days to respond.

Grindstone Literary Ltd is a privately run company providing literary competitions and opportunities to aspiring authors.

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