WSW Competitions

Members’ Short Story Competition

Our own members competition is now open. You have until the June meeting, that’s June 14th, to get these too me. We’ll settle on 1,000 – 2,500 words. Open theme. All you have to do is email your story to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or get it to me by other means. Entries are free and the wonderful Melanie Whipman will judge for us in time for the July meeting. If you want to see what sort of stories Melanie likes to write, check out her collection, ‘Llama Sutra’, which can be found on Amazon and elsewhere. One story only this time please, so pick your best.


Steyning Short Story Prize 2018 - Longlist

Many thanks to all who entered the Steyning Festival 2018 Short Story Award, the longlist is published below and is anonymous since judging is ongoing for the shortlist. If you are on the longlist, congratulations!

Please do not unblind yourself on social media by associating your name with the story title.

When the shortlist is published, the writers’ names will be included for both the longlist and the shortlist.

If you have not made the longlist, commiserations and thank you for your entry. We received 141 stories from across Sussex and the standard was very high. There were many that just missed out and we have made the longlist a little longer than planned due to the high number of entries.

We are aiming to publish the shortlist by May 7th, at which time the 6 shortlisted entrants will receive their free invites to the awards event in Steyning, which will be held on the evening of Thursday June 7th.

Tickets for the event will go on sale on the Steyning Festival site on April 20th.

The Longlist - Steyning Festival 2018 Short Story Award

A Keeper's Telling
Apple Crumble
Crown Above Star
Down the Aisle
Every Day's a Pink Day
Following Mr Wharton
I See You
In the Bricklayers Arms
Let me Tell You What I Did
Music Box
Plotted Crab
The Children's Hour
The Spell


You can check the rules for WSW Members' competitions here.


Below are the results of our past members and national competitions