**UPDATE** Due to an unprecedented number of entries, the winner will now be informed by 1 December. Thank you very much for your submissions and we apologise for the delay
Do you have a book in you? If you have always yearned to write, this year could finally be your chance to put pen to paper, as so many of us are spending more time at home.
This week, The Telegraph Magazine is launching a special short story competition, inviting unpublished writers to submit a 1,000-word story on the theme of ‘The Year 2020’. The prize for one winner and two runners-up will be their piece being published in the magazine in an end of year issue.
The winners will be selected by two top judges from the book world: award-winning novelist Rose Tremain and top literary agent Clare Conville. Tremain was one of only six women to be selected for Granta’s original 20 ‘Best of Young British Novelists’ in 1983. Since then, her novels and short stories have been published in 27 countries and won many prizes, including the Whitbread Award and the 2008 Orange Prize for Fiction. Conville has been called one of the top 50 players in the world of books, and is co-founder of the literary agency C&W. Her authors have won or been nominated for nearly every major literary prize in the UK, including the Man Booker and the Orwell Prize. The winner will also get a personal mentoring session with Conville.
Joining this prestigious line-up will be Telegraph Magazine editor Marianne Jones, the Telegraph’s deputy Saturday arts editor Iona McLaren and features editor (magazines) Laura Powell.
What can I write?
Your entry must be a 1,000-word short story on the subject of ‘The Year 2020’. It can be written in any genre.
Who can enter?
The short story competition is for unpublished writers aged over 18 who are based in the UK. Entrants must not have had any novel or short story published by a publishing company and must not be signed to a literary agent. (Entrants can have self-published a novel or short stories, including their entry, but must own full rights to their entry.) Writers can enter as many stories as they like, but they won’t have more than one story published. Judges will not be able to give feedback on entries, and their decision is final. No individual correspondence will be entered into.
How do I enter?
Email your entry to [email protected] attaching the story as a PDF document. In the email, include the title of the story and the word count at the end. Your story should be strictly 1,000 words or under. You should also include your name, address and a contact telephone number.
The winner and two runners-up will have their work published in The Telegraph Magazine. The winner will also receive a personal mentoring consultation with Clare Conville.
Closing date for submission
Midnight on Friday 30 October. Entries received after the closing date will not be considered. Winning entrants will be notified by 13 November at the latest.
Meet the judges