Paper Nations Call for Contributions

Paper Nations is launching a new call out for contributions to its Writing for All Greenbook. We want to learn more about the UK’s offline and online writing community, to identify gaps, challenges and opportunities to help us to create a more inclusive environment for all writers.  We also want to know how resources – particularly new online resources developed in response to the pandemic – are being used by the writing community. The results will appear on our Dare To Write? Atlas and in our Writing for All Greenbook.

You can submit up to 250 words about your work via our website, by completing the online form or downloading the Word Document version.

Click here for more information.

Please submit your entry by Tuesday 1st September at 5pm. For more information and queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with researcher Christina Sanders on

Superlative Short Story Literary Journal

Superlative is an annual short story literary magazine: the 2020 submission deadline is Monday 31st August.

£100 cash prize and publication in the journal.

'We publish quality work by aspiring short story writers, in order to promote new, developing authors and the art of the short story to readers worldwide. We work closely with developing writers so that, when we publish their work, it is well-crafted.
By providing free editing services, we hope to nurture emerging talent and newly-established writers, and to keep writing alive for future generations.
Our journal is published annually, available each year from November.'


Click here for journal submission details.
Click here for competition submission details.

Shooter Literary Magazine

Shooter Literary Magazine's 2020 Poetry Competition is now open to poetry of any theme/style, up to 100 lines max.
Entry fee of £3 per poem or £8 for three.

All entrants receive an e-copy of Shooter's Winter 2021 issue, in which the winning poem will appear. Winner receives £150 and publication both in print and online; runner-up wins £50 and online publication. Deadline of November 1st, 2020; winners announced in December.

Click here for Guidelines and entry details.

Click here for general submissions for the winter issue, themed Animal Love.

First Prize for Christine Griffin

Congratulations to Christine!

Her poem, ‘Camera Obscura’, was awarded first prize in the Evesham Festival of Words Poetry Competition.

The George Floyd Short Story Competition

Nottingham Writers' Studio (UK) have recently launched 'Black Lives: The George Floyd Short Story Competition' to increase diversity in publishing and help elevate writers' of colour (no previous experience necessary). The event is open to all, but they strongly encourage anyone who falls into the BAME category to apply.

The event is free to enter and comes with a top prize of £250, plus publication in an upcoming anthology.

Click here for full details.

Buzzwords Poetry Competition

Situation depending, Buzzwords' monthly meet will not recommence until September at the earliest.

However, the Buzzwords poetry competition is currently live and accepting entries! Closing date 22nd August 2020.

Click here for more information.

Perspectives Magazine

Perspectives magazine, produced by Cheltenham Arts Council, has some fascinating articles about the arts in Cheltenham and the effects of Lockdown.

Click here to view the magazine online.

Competition Deadline Coming Up Fast

The Gloucestershire Writers' Network 2020 Competition deadline is fast approaching. Submit your prose or poetry by midnight, 12th July 2020 for your chance to take away first prize of £200 in either category, or a runner up book token prize.

All will be published in the competition anthology and invited to read at The Times Literature Festival. The theme is MY WORLD. Enter by post, or click here for more information and to enter online.

1 entry - £2.50

2 entries - £4.50

3 entries - £6.50

Poetry judge: Sarah James/Leavesley

Prose judge: Tyler Keevil

Evesham Festival of Words Poetry Competition

As well as their Six Word Story Competition (deadline 17th May), Evesham Festival of Words have launched a Poetry Competition (deadline 12th June).

Click here for more information!


Sue Johnson and Joy Thomas will re-start their workshops at Tesco St Oswalds, Gloucester and Tewkesbury Library, as soon as they are able to.

In the meantime, click here for some useful writing prompts.

SSS 'Disruptive' stories wanted ;)

4 Weeks to the Deadline

It's just 4 weeks to the deadline for submissions to our 20th event on Sunday 19 April at the Cotswold Playhouse. We close at 23.59 on Sunday 8 March. Thank you to everyone who has submitted already.

The theme is DISRUPTION  think about this subject as widely as possible) and the event is dedicated to SSS mainstay, the late Rick Vick.

It's free to submit and we'll be choosing ten stories as usual. Hopefully the Cotswold Playhouse will be full again so that the authors will read to up to 150 people. And, of course, there will be the offer of publication in our next anthology which is due next year.

All the information you need about our Rules and How to Submit is on our website.

. Audience TICKETS, priced at £8, will be available from Friday 20 March from the Cotswold Playhouse website, by which time the authors will have been named.