Calling all short story writers! Our 2023 short story competition is accepting admissions. We are looking for captivating tales, beautiful prose, something that makes us think. We are especially looking to support writers from underrepresented communities and writers who are at the beginning of their writing journey.

The Prizes

‘What do I get if I win?’ I hear you ask. We have a number of prizes on offer, including two new prizes for 2023!

The Main Prize

Our headline prize, perfect for those wishing to build up their writing portfolio. The winner of the Main Prize will receive £100 prize money and publication on our website. Up to two runners-up will also receive acknowledgement and publication on the website.

The Leela Some Prize

This prize will go to the best entry from a writer of colour who identifies as Scottish by birth or residence or has a Scottish connection. The writer of the winning entry will receive £50.

The Grant Muir Prize

This prize will be restricted to entries from existing or previous Ringwood Interns, staff or authors. The writer of the winning entry will receive £50.

How to Enter

Entries must be short stories with a maximum word limit of 3000 and should be submitted electronically to The final deadline is Friday 1st December 2023. Please look at our terms and conditions page for full information on the competition and how to enter.