Timely Topic Throne Competition

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This May marks 200 years since the coronation of Queen Victoria. There'll be another royal baby along soon too. Oh and some television show or other is reaching its blood-splattered, dragon-scorched climax. [If only we hadn't waited the entirety of its run for the next instalment in book form.] 

Anyway, all of that got us thinking about royals, succession and symbols of rule, so we decided to give you "throne" as the theme for our latest Timely Topic web-exclusive competition. Whether you follow our train of thought or take an entirely different approach, your flash story must touch on a "throne", literal or figurative, in 500 words or fewer. Needless to say, you won't have space to spin an epic seven-house saga.


The winner will receive £100 or a writing critique, and publication on www.writers-online.co.uk

How To Enter

Submit your story, of up to 500 words, in a single doc, docx, txt, rtf, odt or pdf file, using the links below.

Competition Closing Date

This competition is open for entries until 23:59 23 June 2019. Entries submitted after this date cannot be accepted.

Terms & Conditions

1. Eligibility
Entry is open to any writer and entries must be the original and unpublished work of the entrant which is not currently submitted for publication nor for any other competition or award. There is no limit to number of entries. Entrants retain copyright in their manuscripts.

2. Entry Fees
Fee for each entry is £5. 

3. Manuscripts
Manuscripts can be uploaded in pdf, doc, docx and txt formats.
Short story manuscripts - please layout your entry in double spacing with a front page stating your name, address, phone number and email address. Please also state story title and word count.

4. Competition Judging
Competition judges will be appointed by Writers Online and their decision will be final, with no correspondence being entered into.

5. Notification
Winners will be notified within two months of closing date after which date unplaced entries may be submitted elsewhere. Winning entries may not be submitted elsewhere for twelve months after that date without permission of Writers Online who retain the right to publish winning entries in any form during those twelve months.