At Online Writing Tips, we’ve been privileged to read thousands of your short stories in the process of awarding the annual OWT Short-Fiction Prize for the past four years. We regret, however, that we’ll be taking a break in 2020 with the prize returning in 2021. The prize is run by D.D. Johnston – with help from friends – and he and his partner are thrilled to be expecting their first child this summer. Given the pressures already associated with the covid-19 pandemic, he doesn’t feel he can commit to reading hundreds of stories this year. Rest assured, however, that the prize will return for 2021.
Please stay safe, keep your spirits up, and look out for details of the 2021 Online Writing Tips Short Fiction Prize.
2021 deadlines to be announced.
Please submit one short story of 1000-4000 words. We are looking for new fiction and therefore we cannot consider previously published work. We can accept only one entry per author. Submissions should be presented in standard manuscript format, double spaced, and in a 12 point font.
International entrants are welcome.
There is no theme. We simply want the stories that move us. We want fiction that makes us laugh or cry—or both. To get an idea of what we’re looking for, have a read of previous winners; here is the winner from 2016, the winner from 2017, the winner from 2018, and the winner from 2019.
We regret that we are unable to offer feedback on submissions or enter into correspondence regarding the judges’ decisions.
The winner of the Online Writing Tips Short Fiction Prize will be awarded £100, and the publication of their story at onlinewritingtips.com.
2nd place: £50
3rd place: £25
All prize money will be paid via PayPal.
Submissions should be e-mailed as word document attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org before 2021 DEADLINE TBC. Please write “OWT Short Fiction Prize: Title of your piece” in the subject line. Feel free to introduce yourself in the body of the e-mail.
Keep an eye out to see if you make the shortlist. The shortlist and winners will be announced on this blog during the summer of 2021.