Shimmering Short Story Contest

Please pay for your entry using the PayPal link above and then send your entry (following the instructions provided above) to our email address.


A regular writing competition for you to showcase your shorter pieces.

There is no theme, there is no topic, there is no genre specification. You can write whatever makes you happy, as long as it is original fiction and entirely your own work.

Opening date: 1st May 2021

Closing date: 30th June 2021 (11:59pm GMT)

Winners will be announced on or before July 21st 2021.

Entry Fee: £2.00 per story.

If you wish to enter more than once, send each entry as a separate document. Up to a maximum of two entries per competition each month.

Maximum word count: 400.

​First prize: £20.00 cash, publication in our Glittery Literary booklet and your work recorded and made available to hear internationally via our online streaming page.

Second prize: Publication in our Glittery Literary booklet and your work recorded and made available to hear across the globe via our online streaming page.

Other selected stories will also be offered the chance to be published in our booklet.

​Stories must be typed in English and must be your own original work.

Work must not already be published, traditionally or self.

In the body of your email please type your full name (and pen name if applicable), title of your story, the word count (not including title) and the PayPal transaction reference.

Please submit your entry as an attachment to: after you have made your payment.

Please type 'SHORT STORY' in the title of your email.

Please attach your manuscript, with no identifying marks, in one of the following formats: .doc, .docx, .rtf, .txt

Please do not send us .PNG files or .PDF files as these will not be considered.

Use an easy to read, clear font -- remember -- if we cant read it, we cant publish it. No images or colours please.

Copyright remains with the author.