Emerald Writing Workshops Competitions 2012

Emerald Writing Workshops 2012 Competition Calendar is out now! 

These competitions are entering their third year with an increased prize pot of £100 per competition – First £65, second £20, third £15 plus three runners-up each receive a book of short stories. Entry is only £1.80 (overseas entrants can pay via PayPal) and I think that’s really good value!

All the competitions are for a 500 word piece of flash fiction and the 2012 themes are as follows:

  • Story set on a train – closes 28/02/12
  • Story including the words ‘Nobody will ever know’ – closes 31/5/12
  • Story about anything you like – closes 31/8/12
  • Story on the theme ‘Trapped’ – closes 30/11/12

Plus, if you enter any of the above (or have entered any of the 2010/2011 comps) then you can submit a Four Sentence Story. This is free to enter and 5 winners will each receive £20. 

Entries are by post only but entries from different people or for more than one competition can all go in the same envelope.

Full details of how to enter are here along with winning entries from previous competitions.

Good Luck!


  1. #1 by Jenny Francis on August 18, 2011 - 3:12 pm

    Thanks for all the information Sally

    • #2 by Sally Jenkins on August 19, 2011 - 6:57 am

      It’s a pleasure, Jenny. Hope it’s useful.

  2. #3 by Bev Morley on August 20, 2011 - 10:17 am

    Hi Sally

    I’ll definitely be having a go at these competitions – I love writing flash fiction, especially during the school holidays, when I’m lucky if I can string anything at all together without being interrupted for snacks, trips to the park, or to “buddy up” killing zombies on Call of Duty!!

    I’m just in the process of putting some downloadable colouring-in sheets on my blog for anyone else who needs something different to occupy their little ones whilst they attempt a few sentences. I might even turn it into a kids competition…

    • #4 by Sally Jenkins on August 20, 2011 - 7:53 pm

      Bev – Good Luck in the competitions and Im sure there are a lot of parents who’d appreciate the colouring sheets – mine are teenagers otherwise I’d be downloading them but I don’t think the 16-year-old would take too kindly to being handed paper and crayoms!

  3. #5 by Alice on August 24, 2011 - 7:51 pm

    I sent my entry off to Eddie yesterday. I really enjoy the Emerald competitions 🙂 Fingers crossed!

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