BBC National Short Story Award 2013


For those of you who have missed this (as I had!), entries are now being taken for the BBC National Short Story Award 2013.  The deadline is 11th March (by 10am – quite a precise entry time!), and the story needs to be a maximum of 8,000 words – so quite a lot of scope for a meaty plot.

In order to enter, you have to be a published writer – but “published” does include stories which have appeared in an “established printed magazine” (as long as the magazine has an ISSN).  There’s an eye watering £15,000 up for grabs for first prize, and the runner-up gets a not-too-shabby £3,000 – with a further three short listed entries getting £500 each – so well worth a go.

For more info, and to download the entry form, visit


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