The People’s Friend £10k short story writing competition


22 January 2024
Win a £10,000 first prize in the contest for unpublished writers

To celebrate its 155th year, weekly magazine The People’s Friend has launched a short story writing bursary for amateur, unpublished writers with a top prize of £10,000 and runner-up prizes of £2,700. The winning story will be published in The People’s Friend.

Stuart Johnstone, editor of The People’s Friend, said: ‘We know how tough it is for writers to get their break, so to help celebrate our 155th anniversary, we would like to give one new writer a helping hand by paying them a bursary of £10,000 to help fund their writing journey, as well as being published in the Friend. Through decades of change, in not only the world itself, but in the pages of the Friend, our passion for stories has never faltered. And that’s why we’re looking for a new writer, a new voice and a new source of great stories for our readers.’

The competition is open to amateur writers based in the UK.

Short story submissions of thrillers, comedies or romances of around 2,000 words are invited. All entries must be original and unpublished. Writers may submit a story in each category. There are age categories of over and under 30.

Entry is free.

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The closing date submissions is 5 February.

For full details see the website.


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