july, 2020

20jul12:00 am12:00 amMoved OnlineFree to enter!Staunch Short Story PrizeInternational Entry Fee: Free ,
Max word count: 3,500 ,
Top Prize: £200 ,

Top Prize


Max word count


Entry Fee


Event Details

The prize is for an unpublished thriller short story in which no woman is beaten, stalked, sexually exploited, raped or murdered. Full guidelines on website.

  • Thriller genres can include crime, mystery, historical, sci-fi, cyber, comedy, psychological, spy, suspense, political, satirical and disaster, etc. We are not at this time looking for horror or fantasy stories.
  • For the purposes of this Prize, ‘murder’ does not include incidents where people in general or specific groups of people are the targets or victims, e.g. war, terrorist attacks, hostage situations, sabotage.
  • Where there is any ambiguity, the deciding factor will be whether a female character was targeted or died because she was a woman.
  • The competition is open to authors of any nationality.
  • Submissions must be unpublished with first publication rights available. Should your entry be published elsewhere before the winner/s are announced, you must inform us by email.
  • Entries must be in English. Translations are welcome.
  • Shortlisted authors will be notified by 25th September 2020.
  • The shortlist will be announced on 1st October 2020.
  • The winner will be announced on 12th October 2020.

Browse our writing event calendar

Our regularly-updated list of writing competitions features many opportunities to win prizes and get published. Have a look!

Help us maintain our calendar

Developing, improving and maintaining our resources takes a lot of time, and donations are a big part of what allows us to keep our calendar as up-to-date as possible. It takes a lot of time and energy to find and publish event details. If you'd like to help, please support us with a donation of any amount. It really does make all the difference!

Back to Top