Nottingham Writers’ Club National Short Story Competition 2018

I’ve rather neglected the short story scene of late – my head has been stuck in the clouds, dreaming of becoming a bestselling novelist!

Last week Mars Hill from Nottingham Writers’ Club kindly sent me an email about the Club’s 2018 competition and I’m sure that some of you more down to earth people will be interested in having a go. My one dismal attempt at the RNA NWS came back with a comment indicating that it was easier to earn money with short stories than novels. So maybe I should get my head out of the clouds and have a go at this.

The prompt for the Nottingham Writers’ Competition is ‘Choose a Season’. It can be any kind of story in any genre, as long as your chosen season plays an important part. Maximum word count is 2,000.

The three main prizes are £200, £100 and £50. There will be five runners up prizes.
Entry fee is £6 online or £5 by post.

Entries can only be submitted between 1st February and 28th February 2018. But that means you need to start planning and writing now!

Visit the Nottingham Writers’ Club website to register your interest and get full details.


  1. #1 by Alyson Faye on November 30, 2017 - 5:03 pm

    thanks Sally for checking out my blog at alysonfaye- also thank you for your honest comment in your blog post about your RNA NWS application which made me smile!!! I’;ve experienced a few rejections of my fiction, as you do, but I’ve also been told several times it’s easier to make money from novels than short stories! I write mainly flash fiction and shorts.

    • #2 by Sally Jenkins on November 30, 2017 - 8:26 pm

      Alyson – I think the truth is it’s very difficult to make any money out of writing fiction! But we keep going – onwards & upwards (hopefully!).

  2. #3 by Bobby Fairfield on November 30, 2017 - 5:32 pm

    Reblogged this on Writing, events, competitions and even some self-penned bits and commented:
    Surely now begins the rebirth of the short story. Help to make this imaginative form of story-telling by entering such as this. I wish all of you the best of luck if you choose to take part but keep the submission dates in mind as they will soon be upon us.

  3. #5 by Patsy on December 6, 2017 - 8:53 am

    I think it’strue that it’s easier to earn money with short stories than novels. Each novel is the equivalent wrd count of dozens of shorter stories, so by doing those we have dozens of chances of a sale or competition prize.

    • #6 by Sally Jenkins on December 8, 2017 - 1:45 pm

      Good point, Patsy. I suppose it’s like short stories being lots of entries into a prize draw compared to a novel being one single entry.

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