The Cunningham Short Story Competition 2021

Theme: This Changing World Word minimum: 1,000 Word maximum: 3,000

Submissions must be entirely the author's own work and not published in print before. (Work published online only is acceptable). Entries should be primarily in English. We are seeking lyrical tales revolving around "This Changing World" , either personal, natural, or political, which take the reader on a journey to events and places which they may not be familiar with. Each tale should be no more than three thousands words, an original work, and show the reader the world anew. Eight stories will chosen for publication with one author receiving a prize of $125. Full Terms and Conditions below

Terms and Conditions

1 Closing date for receipt of entries is April 4th, 2021. All entries must be through

2 Submission must be entirely the entrant’s own work and never have been published in a book, magazine or anthology, though they may have been previously published online. Stories can be on any subject and in any style, but should fit in with the theme in paragraph 8 below. Stories must be no less than 1,000 words and no more than 3,000 words in length. Stories must be in English, and saved in one of the following formats .doc, .docx. or .txt. Entries not in these formats will not be read, and the entry fee will not be returned.

3 The entry fee is $15 per story. This is payable through Submittable. Once payment is made, you will be sent a confirmation of entry. You may enter as many stories as you wish providing the entry fee is paid for each story.

4 Once entered, submissions cant be withdrawn, but no submission fees are non-returnable. No postal entries will accepted. No correspondence will be entered into.

5 There is one prize of $125, this will be paid to one author; there will be no joint winners.

6 The winner, and seven runners-up, will be notified by 31st May, 2021, and will be sent a request for permission to be included in a publication in an anthology to be published in paperback on or after 31st August, 2021. Should any author not wish to be published in the anthology, submissions from those shortlisted will be considered for publication. An author will not have more than one story in the anthology.

7 The process of selection shall be as follows; all entries will made anonymous and then read by two people from an anonymous panel of four. Recommendations from this panel will form the shortlist. The editor will then select eight stories from the shortlist for publication. All eight stories will be read by the four panellists, and together with the editor, the winner of the $125 prize will be decided.

8 The theme of the competition is "This Changing World"

9 Global copyright of each entry remains with the author, but Willowdown Books will have the unrestricted right to edit and publish submitted stories in multimedia formats, including (but not limited to) website, e-book and print formats, without restriction. Willowdown Books reserves the right to republish selected stories in different formats at a later date.

10 The judges' decision is final and no individual correspondence can be entered into.

11 Willowdown Books reserves the right not to publish the anthology if insufficient entries are deemed to be of a suitable quality. In such a case, only the prize for the best story will be made. No entry fees will be refunded.

12 Entry implies acceptance of all the terms and conditions.

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