Rules and Prizes

We have two categories; 11-17 (where the word limit is 1500 words) and Adults (2500). There is no theme.
New and experienced (published) writers are welcome and prizes are on offer for both categories – £500 for the winning adult and £200 for the winning 11-17 year-old. Shortlisted writers in both categories will be published in a special one-off edition by Bandit Fiction   Winners in the 11-17 category will be entitled to future feedback opportunities from Sunderland Story Club, in an effort to help you continue your writing journey, should you wish to access it.
Entry fee is £5 for the adult category, but free for the 11-17 year olds.
Entrants can submit work from 1 November 2017 until 1 March 2018.
All writers, previously published or not, are free to submit. No previously published submissions. International entrants welcome.

All queries and 11-17 entries (only) to Sarah Dobbs at, clearly marking ‘11-17’ in the subject line of the email.

Adult category entrants, please pay here: online payment