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Entry Deadline

The closing date is October 31st at 11:59 pm. 

Who can enter?

You can enter from any country in the world. You must be at least 12 years of age at the time of entry.

Prizes

  • First Prize: $600 USD and publication on Letter Review
  • Second Prize: $250 USD and publication on Letter Review
  • Third Prize: $150 USD and publication on Letter Review

Format for entries

  • Must be formatted as word docs: .doc or .docx 
  • 12 pt font size.
  • Pages should be numbered.
  • The file name should only include the title of the story. The writer’s name should not be included in the name of the story.
  • Entries should be a single, original story of between 400 – 3000 words.
  • Entries must be written in English, and not be translations.
  • Story must be free from any claims, including copyright or trademark claims, by other parties.
  • Story must be unpublished. 

How to enter

  • Entries must be submitted via email at shortstories@letterreview.com
  • Multiple entries are permitted, and each must be accompanied by a separate entry fee.
  • The author’s name should not appear on the story or in the document file name as the judging is conducted blind.
  • Entrants will receive automatic confirmation via email after entry. 
  • Submissions close at 11:59 pm on 31st October 2022.  

Exclusivity

  • Entries can be submitted elsewhere during the initial phase of the judging.
  • If your entry is selected for the longlist you will have 24 hours to withdraw your story from consideration elsewhere, or from further consideration by Letter Review. We will email you to discuss at the relevant time.

What does it cost to enter?

It costs $20 USD to enter each story.

Publication

  • The winning stories, and any stories from the longlist which are published, may be lightly edited before publication. The approval of the author will be sought in any editing prior to publication. 
  • The three winning stories will be published online at letterreview.com.
  • Copyright in all stories resides with the authors. The winning entrants grant Letter Review an exclusive licence to publish their stories online at Letter Review for three months from the date of first publication, and thereafter a non-exclusive licence indefinitely to publish their stories.
  • If any of the longlisted authors chose to be published, unpaid, along with the winners this will be according to a non-exclusive license, and the author may also publish elsewhere.  
  • Copyright remains with the entrant. 
  • If an entrant withdraws it will not be possible to issue a refund. 
  • Entries must be original.
  • Entries must be written in English.
  • Entries must not have been published elsewhere, including on blogs and on social media. Submission for assessment as part of creative writing courses is not publication as long as the work has not appeared publicly and wherever it has appeared is password protected. 
  • Copyright in the story must reside with the entrant and the story must not infringe on anyone else’s copyright.
  • The story must not be defamatory, and must be entirely a work of fiction. Entries must not be obscene, libellous, or unlawful. 
  • Story must be free from any claims, including copyright or trademark claims, by other parties.
  • Entries under contract elsewhere after the announcement of the longlist will be ineligible. 
  • Entries will be ineligible if we find the story published elsewhere.
  • Translations are ineligible.
  • The prize money includes any fees to be paid as part of publication on Letter Review.
  • The author’s name, biography and image may be used in marketing and publicity materials and announcements, publications and communications relating to the prize winners.
  • In matters relating to conditions of entry, the decision of the organisers of the Prize is final. 
  • In matters relating to judging of the Prize, the decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Authors must include all requested contact details to win. 
  • Authors may only enter in their own name.
  • Entries must be submitted unencumbered and unrestricted, with full first publication rights available to Letter Review for the winning entries. 
  • The prize must be taken by 28th February 2023. In the event a winner does not take the prize by the time stipulated, then the entire prize will be forfeited by the winner.
  • In the unlikely event that an element of the prize is for any reason cancelled, postponed or not available, that element of the prize will be considered as forfeited and no alternative offer will be granted in lieu of the part of the prize.
  • If a winner forfeits a specified element, no alternative offer will be granted in lieu of the part of the prize.
  • Letter Review reserves the right to verify the eligibility of entrants.

Judging

  • Entries will be judged blind.
  • Letter Review is not resourced to give feedback about individual entries.
  • The entrant’s name should not feature in the story or in the file name.
  • Those on the longlist and shortlist should keep their inclusion on those lists confidential until permission is permitted to reveal that information. 
  • Letter Review reserves the right not to award a prize.
  • Nakita Dass and Oliver Wakelin are the judges. 
  • Longlist will be announced in November 2022, and the shortlist in Dec 2022. The winners shortly thereafter.  
  • The judges’ decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into about the judgements or the judging process.

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