The Get Writing Cup ...

The 2017 Get Writing Short Story Competition Rules

Closing date for receipt of entries: Midnight Friday 26th May 2017.
Maximum 1,500 words (no minimum)
Open theme
Entry £6.00


The competition shall be open to all delegates of the Get Writing 2017 Conference, excluding the competition judges and Conference organisers. Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and must not at any time have been published, self-published, broadcast, or published online on any website or forum (save for a closed forum), or have won or been placed in any other competition.

Theme and length

Each entry must comprise a complete short story (and not be in the form of a poem or script).
Entrants may write in any genre and on any theme.
Entries must not exceed 1,500 words each.


All entries must be submitted by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Please ensure you provide your entry as a Word document with the filename being made up of the story title and your unique booking reference number for Get Writing 2017.
Please do not put your name on the document or within it's filename.
Payment must be made by Paypal or cheque posted on the same day your entry is submitted, any entries that are received without payment will be disqualified.


The entry fee shall be £6 per story (entrants may submit more than one story each). Fees shall be payable in sterling from your usual Paypal login ( to the account This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Delegates wishing to pay by cheque (payable to 'Verulam Writers' Circle') must contact Anne Ellis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a postal address.

Entry Format

  • Entries must be in English, typed in a Word (.doc) file, formatted for A4 paper, one side only, with pages numbered.
  • Each entry must be contained within a separate Word document and a Paypal payment for the total of all entries submitted on the same day.
  • Entries must be double-line spaced and include a word count at the top of the first page.
  • The title and the entrant's unique booking reference number for the Conference must also appear at the top of each page.
  • Manuscripts must show no name, address or other identifying marks.
  • Entries will not be returned, so please keep a copy.
  • No corrections can be made after receipt, nor fees refunded.

Receipt of entry

An email confirmation will be sent to the address from which the submission was made, no other correspondence will be entered into.


Worldwide copyright in each entry will remain with the author, but by entering the 'Get Writing' Short Story Competition, each entrant will confer upon the Verulam Writers' Circle the unrestricted right to publish in an anthology the story or stories submitted should the same be long listed or selected for a prize under the Competition.


The judges' decision shall be final and no debate or correspondence will be entered into.
Judges will be unable to comment on individual entries.
Judging will be fair and unbiased and made without reference to the entrant's identity.
All stories will be read and considered by judges Lesley Eames and Lesley Mace (or such other judges as Verulam Writers' Circle may in its absolute discretion appoint).
Initially, a long list of up to 10 entries will be selected by these judges.
From this, the judges will select a short list of up to 3 entries.
From the short list, a judge from our guest list will select the first, second and third prize-winners.


The winner will be awarded the 'Get Writing' Conference Cup and receive a prize of £50.
The Cup will remain the property of Verulam Writers' Circle, and must be returned not later than Friday 25th May 2018.
The second and third placed entrants will each receive certificates and a prize of £15 and £10 respectively.
Prize winners and prize giving:
The longlist will be displayed on the VWC website. The shortlist will be announced and prizes will be awarded during the prize-giving ceremony at the Conference.
Entry constitutes acceptance of all the rules. Failure to comply with the entry requirements will result in disqualification.

The judges

Lesley Eames is a creative writing tutor for Writers' News. She has published more than 70 short stories. She has also had success in writing competitions as varied as crime, romance and writing for children. Her wins include the Romantic Novelists' Association's Elizabeth Goudge Trophy, and the Festival of Romantic Fiction's New Talent Award.

Lesley Mace is the winner of the 2015, Crime Writers' Association, Margery Allingham, Short Story prize and has had more than sixty pieces of work published. She has been published in Writers’ Forum (three times winning first prize in their monthly competition); Bewildering Stories; Ink, Sweat and Tears; Graffiti Magazine; Chester University’s Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine and The Boston Literary Magazine. Following a character into terror led her story, Tourists, to be runner-up in the 2016, Swansea District Circle's Horror Competition, and published in the anthology, Dark Gathering. Lesley is coordinator for her local writers’ group The Stortford Scribblers, an Escalator Award Alumna and was shortlisted again for a second Award in 2013. She has been awarded an Arts Council England grant for her writing.