- International entries are welcome but stories must be written in English
- It must be fictional
- It must have a title and only the title must appear at the top of every page
- The author’s name must not be on or within the story
- There is no minimum word count but the story must not exceed 1,000 words (including the title) Any script over 1000 words will not be read by the judges.
- Poems or other formats will not be considered
- All work submitted must be the entrant’s own original writing, and should not have appeared in print or appear on a website (including blogs and social networking sites)
- All themes will be judged as one category
- The story must be clearly typed in black with a ‘normal’ font and must be submitted in MS Word format
- You must complete your details in your submission email. These details will not be seen by the judges and the emails will be deleted after the competition ends.
Data and Copyright
- Worldwide copyright for the story will remain with the author. It is assumed that all entrants give their permission as the author of the submitted story for Wenlock Olympian Society to hold, process and display the work on their website, social media accounts and in other Wenlock Olympian Society media, in relation to this competition. You will always be credited alongside your story, if chosen
- The Wenlock Olympian Society may contact you only in relation to your story.
- Your personal data will not be used for any other purpose or passed to any third party and will be deleted once the competition has finished.
Eligibility and Submission
- The Competition is open to anyone aged 16 or over
- Entrants may submit a maximum of three stories, see multiple story fee discounts on the main page
- Entries must be received before midnight on 31st October 2020
- You must submit your entry via email as detailed on the Submissions page. You can send an entry in as soon as it is ready. Please ensure you submit your entry in good time and preferably not on the last day. Please note that the Wenlock Olympian Society can make no allowances for any technical issues which prevent or delay submission e.g. internet problems
- We regret that postal entries cannot be accepted.
Judging and prizes
- Entries will be judged by a panel of readers and a shortlist will be announced by the end of January 2021
- The shortlisted entries will then be judged by a separate independent judge, Sharon Bolton, and the Gold, Silver and Bronze medalists identified
- The medalists will be announced in March 2021
- The medalists will be invited to read out their stories at a WOS social event in 2021, date to be determined, or to have it read out if unable to attend.
The Judges’ decision is final. Judges and organisers will not enter into any correspondence/discussion with any entrant.