Short Story Writing Competition

Runner up prize is a book token

Winners and finalists will be published in a pamphlet available to view at Settle library and online at the Settle Library website.

Winners and finalists will also be invited to read their work at a reading evening at Settle library.

Winners will be announced on 2nd December 2022

Further Information:

Eligibility for entry:

  • Entrants must hold a library card for one of the North Yorkshire libraries and provide their library card number when submitting
  • Adults (18+)
  • Employees of North Yorkshire Libraries may not enter

The type of writing:

  • Fiction, complete short stories (sorry no poetry or extracts from novels)
  • Although subject matter is open, offensive, homophobic, racist, sexist, overtly sexual or explicit material will not be considered


  • Open

Word limit

  • 2000 words (there is no minimum)

How to submit:

  • Email

Entry fee:

  • £2 payable to Settle library bank account.


Rules for entrants:

  • All entries must be typed and double spaced
  • Entries must be submitted via email in an attachment.
  • Name or any identifying features must not be included in the entry in the attachment.
  • In the body of the email, include the title of the entry, writer’s full name, post code, the name of library and library card number where the entrant is a member
  • One entry only per person
  • All entries must not have won a prize or been published before (including online/blogs etc). Simultaneous submissions are allowed but should the story be successful in another competition, then must be withdrawn from this competition.
  • All entries must be submitted by 11.59pm on the closing date