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Short Story Competition 2016


Our annual short story competition is now open for entries. Suitable for writers of all levels, whether published or unpublished, entries can be any genre, on any subject, but must be no longer than 2,500 words.


1st prize - £500

2nd prize - £100

3rd prize- £50


Closing Date

30th November 2016



The results will be published on our website at the end of February 2017.


Judge: Isabel Wolff


Isabel was born in Warwickshire, read English at Cambridge and, after spells in the theatre and in advertising, worked at the BBC. She also wrote freelance articles for magazines and newspapers such as The Spectator, the Evening Standard, the Independent and the Daily Telegraph who, in 1997, commissioned her to write a comic, girl-about-town column, Tiffany Trott. Within a month of the first column appearing she was signed by HarperCollins to turn Tiffany's adventures into a book (The Trials of Tiffany Trott).


She is a Sunday Times bestseller and is published in 30 languages. Her novels include 'Behaving Badly', 'The Very Picture of You' and 'A Vintage Affair' which was an Amazon Book of the Year. Isabel's most recent novel, 'Ghostwritten', set on Java during the Japanese occupation of WW2, was shortlisted for the RoNA Romantic Novel Awards, 2015, in the Historical Fiction category.





To Enter

Stories can be up to, but not exceeding 2500 words, excluding the title.


You can submit more than one story. First story submitted is £6, and £4 per entry thereafter.


Stories must be uploaded as Word Documents. Please DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES put your name ANYWHERE on your Word Document as it will be judged anonymously. 


To enter please pay by Paypal using the options below or post a cheque (made payable to J Smith to School House, Lindal, Ulverston, Cumbria LA12 0NB), then complete the entry form below and upload your entries.


If you have any problems completing the online entry form, please email your Word Document(s) to submissions@wordswithjam.co.uk and include the information requested on the entry form in the body of the email.



A Few Rules

It is vital that you read the competition rules before submitting. There aren't many!


1) We will not return or keep entries after the winners have been announced. Please keep your own copy.


2) Entries must be in English.


3) You must be 16 years or over.


4) Stories must be previously unpublished either online or in print, and must not have been accepted for publication elsewhere. We do, however, accept stories that have been on critique forums or are currently submitted to another competition.


5) Online entries will be acknowledged within 48 hours, when we have had chance to give them a reference on our system.


6) No alterations may be made to a story once it has been submitted.


7) Copyright remains with the author. However, Words with JAM retain the right to publish the winning stories on its website.


8) Entries from regular columnists of Words with JAM, or any person assisting in the judging process, will not be accepted.


9) Prizes will be paid within 30 days of publication of the winning entries either by cheque, bank transfer, or Paypal.



Entry Fees


Payment can be made using the Paypal links below. Please remember to quote your Paypal Payment Reference Number at the top of the first page of your entry.


If for whatever reason you have problems paying via Paypal, please remember you can also pay by cheque (Made payable to J Smith and posted to School House, Lindal, Ulverston, Cumbria, UNITED KINGDOM LA12 0NB), or contact jane@wordswithjam.co.uk


Pay for 1 entry £6.00

Pay for 2 entries £10.00


Pay for 3 entries £14.00


Additional entries £4 each

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