CheerReader Humourous Short Story Competition 2012

Here’s a nice contrast to the competition I mentioned last week about death and dying.

Brian David from the CheerReader website has asked me to give their quarterly short story competitions a mention – and they want stories that will make the reader laugh.

The theme for each competition is – anything, as long as it’s funny. 100 Euros is the prize on offer for the winner in each of the 4 competitions. The winner plus commended stories will be published on the website.

The maximum word count is 1500 and the entry fee is 5 Euros (payable via PayPal).  The closing dates are March 15th 2012, June 15th 2012, September 15 th 2012 and December 15th 2012. Winners will be announced 2 weeks after each closing date.

There are plenty of stories on the website to give you an idea of what goes down well with the organisers. Have a look here.

The full competition details are here.


  1. #1 by Tracy Fells on January 30, 2012 - 2:53 pm

    Good to see a competition encouraging humour! I think there is a little too much focus on gloomy topics in many short story competitions so great to see this one. Also Writers’ News February competition (free to subscribers & deadline 15th Feb) is on funny theme too – 1500-1700 words – aim is to make readers laugh.


    • #2 by Sally Jenkins on January 30, 2012 - 7:32 pm

      Tracy – thanks for highlighting the WN comp. I actually think it’s much easier to write gloomy than funny – that must say something about me!
      Susan – Yes, Patsy does have a witty turn a phrase! Good Luck in the comps.

  2. #3 by susanjanejones on January 30, 2012 - 5:56 pm

    Thanks for the links Sally. Patsy is the funniest writer I know, but I’ll be having a go at these.

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