Wenlock Olympian Society



Short Story 2023 Terms and Conditions

The Story

  • International entries are welcome but stories must be written in English
  • It must be fictional
  • The author’s name must not be on or within the story
  • It must have a title which must appear at the top of the first page
  • There is no minimum word count but the story must not exceed 2,500 words (including the title). Any script over 2,500 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). Neither should it be submitted simultaneously to another competition
  • 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 the submission online form. These details will not be seen by the judges. Your details will be deleted after the competition ends if you have indicated that you do not wish to receive information about next year’s competition

 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.  Discounts only apply to submissions made at the same time
  • Entries must be received before midnight, UK time, on 30th October 2023
  • Only the first submitted version of a story will be judged  i.e. updates to a story will not be accepted after its first submission
  • You must submit your entry via the online form as detailed on the Submissions page. You can send an entry in as soon as the competition opens. Please ensure you submit your entry in good time. 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 2024
  • The shortlisted entries will then be judged by a separate independent author, Philip Caine, and the Gold, Silver and Bronze medallists identified
  • The medallists will be announced towards the end of February 2024
  • All medallists will be invited to a WOS social event in 2024, date to be determined. The gold medallist will be invited to read out their story or, if unable to attend, to have it read out on their behalf.

The Judges’ decision is final. Judges and organisers will not enter into any correspondence/discussion with any entrant.

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