SWC International Open Short Story Competition 2013

First prize: £150      Second prize: £75     Third prize: £25

Closing date: 31st October 2013

Chief Judge: Dennis Conlon

Actor, author, playwright, musician, award winner, Dennis Conlon has had various roles in the entertainment industry for many years, including parts in films/tv such as Rita, Sue & Bob Too all the way through to Shameless. He is always on the lookout for original formats and enjoys writing that involves real life experience. He is currently working on a semi-autobiographical work that highlights some of the outrageous excesses of the sixties and European/American relationships of the time. He is far too fond of Yorkshire.


  • Your entry should be an unpublished, original story on any theme of up to 2000 words (includes previous publication via internet or independent press)
  • Do not put your name on your story but do give it a suitable title.
  • You do not need an entry form. Send us a cover sheet  with each entry’s title, word count, your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address. For internet entries, please include PayPal ref. number OR put the story names in the comments box when paying.
  • No individual correspondence will be entered into regarding receipt of works/payments.
  • Please include an SAE if you wish to receive a print of the results/judges report (if available) when the competition is finished. For email entries, please note in the body of the mail that you would like to receive the results.
  • Winners will be informed in December, general availability of results will be available on this site thereafter.
  • Entries in English please.
  • Winning stories may be published on this site for 12 months with permission of original author.
  • The fee is £3.00 for each story, or £10 for 4.  You can pay by cheque or postal order made out to Southport Writers’ Circle.


Send entries to:

Short Story Competition

Southport Writers’ Circle

35 Sussex Road,

Southport, PR9 0SR

Online entries CLICK HERE

Optional – Paper saving single-spaced entries encouraged.

Poetry competition Adjudication Evening

The 2013 poetry competition adjudication evening will be held at Birkdale library on Thursday the 11th of July. Both members and guests are welcome to join us for an evening of fine poetry.

Winning Poems 2013 Competition

The winning poems are now available to view in the competition results section. Unfortunately the software has altered the layout of some of the work, I will try to rectify this asap.
Stephen Beattie.

Southport Writers' Circle