The Short Story Prize is now closed


  • The prize is for a THRILLER SHORT STORY in which no woman is beaten, stalked, sexually exploited, raped or murdered.
  • 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  • Submissions must be unpublished with first publication rights available.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.

How to submit

  • Entries should be between 500 and 3,500 words, double spaced, 12 point.
  • The full story should be entered in pdf, .doc or .docx file format.
  • The title of the story should be at the top of the document, but no identifying name/s of author or submitter should appear on the document itself. Entries will be read double-blind. 
  • If you are unable to enter online, get in touch via the Contact page and we will be happy to accept your postal entry.
  • By submitting work for the Prize you are agreeing that ALL criteria have been met and you have accepted these terms and conditions.
  • You are also agreeing that we may contact you and add your name to our database to keep you informed about the Prize. Your details will never be shared or sold to third parties.
  • Any entry failing to meet the criteria will be disqualified.

Entries are FREE. Only one entry per person permitted.

NOTE: In order to help writers and publishers in these difficult times, we have replaced the original cash prize for one author with FREE entries for all.  Publicity for winners will be issued to press worldwide.

Entries are strongly welcomed from BAME and working-class writers and those from other under-represented groups.


Short Story Prize


Rachel Marsh

This is a competition for writers INSPIRED by the Staunch criteria!

Whether you have an existing unpublished piece or love the challenge of writing a new thriller short story in which no woman is beaten, stalked, sexually exploited, raped or murdered, this is for you!

3500 words maximum.