City Academy Short Story Writing Competition 2021
With our latest Writing Competition, City Academy is on the search for the best original short story written by a previously unpublished writer. Whether you have completed a writing course with City Academy or not, this is your opportunity to devise a piece of short fiction that will be read by an expert panel of judges, and considered for the £1,000 first prize.
No prior experience of writing short stories is necessary. After registering for this competition you will receive a series of writing prompts to encourage you as you write. These prompts, delivered direct to your inbox, will guide you through the process of writing a dynamic story with all the brevity and intensity of a classic. There are no restrictions on style or subject matter so regardless of whether you are inspired by the work of Ursula K. Le Guin, James Baldwin, or Alice Munro the judges will be looking for great stories told with wit, verve, and style.
Please check out our Competition Criteria below and register today to get started.
City Academy Short Story Competition 2021
How it works
The winner of City Academy’s Short Story Writing Competition 2021 will receive a cash prize of £1,000 and a City Academy voucher worth £300. The winning story will also be published on our website.
Two runners up will also be published on our website and will each receive a free writing course of their choice. Three more shortlisted writers will receive written feedback from the judging panel.
Registration is open until 25th May 2021 – please complete your registration here.
From Monday 22nd March entrants will receive a series of 8 writing prompt emails packed with handy tips and brimming with encouragement. Entrants who register after this date will still receive all 8 prompts.
25 May 2021 at 9am: Registration closes
25 May 2021 at 11.59pm: Submission deadline
30th June 2021: Winners announced
In the lead up to the submission deadline all entrants will receive a series of 8 writing prompts designed to support you in your creative process.
The emails will include exercises designed to unlock your writing, reflections on different elements of short fiction, and a reading list.
With the support of the writing prompts writers will have the tools they need to write and submit a short story to the competition.
Merrie Joy Williams is a poet, novelist and editor. She was shortlisted for the 2020 Bridport Poetry Prize, and is a winner of The Poetry Archive’s ‘Wordview 2020’ competition, permanently featured on their website. She is the recipient of a London Writers Award (2018), and Arts Council England awards for both poetry and fiction.
Shyama Perera is a former Guardian Journalist and a published novelist. Her first novel, Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet, was released by renowned publishing house Sceptre in 1999, and since then she has published three more novels. Shyama is a Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund, as well as writing regularly for the national press, contributing short stories and essays to anthologies and presenting on radio and TV. She also writes a theatre reviews blog: Monkey Matters Theatre.
Freddie Machin wrote the feature film Chicken, which was based on his play of the same title and had its UK cinema release in May 2016. Mark Kermode included it in his best films of that year for the Guardian newspaper, and it is now available on Amazon Prime. Freddie has written extensively for the stage including his large-cast play about social housing in London, The Real Estate, which is published with Nick Hern Books. Freddie originally trained as an actor, and has taught both acting, and playwriting for Shakespeare’s Globe, the Almeida Theatre, the Royal Opera House, and Central School of Speech and Drama amongst others.