Friday, 5 September 2008


(What have yellow-eyed penguins got to do with this competition? See end of post.)

Here's a comp to send all those hopeful stories from Sean O Faolain!

WILLESDEN HERALD, sponsored this year by PULP.NET and judged by RANA DASGUPTA
FREE entry.
All for the love of the short story.

The Rules are as follows, and the whole gen can be found on the WILLESDEN HERALD HERE


The competition is free and open to all aged 18 or over, regardless of nationality or country of residence.

Entries must be:
- in English
- double-spaced
- in a normal font size (12 point is fine)

Entries must be entirely your own work and never previously published or broadcast, online or offline.

One entry per person only. Subsequent entries, including revisions, will be omitted from the competition and will not be read.

Entries submitted on behalf of somebody else, e.g. posthumously, will not be eligible.

Manuscripts must show no name, address or identifying marks other than the title of the story. Those are for the entry form only.

Word limit this year: 8,000.

There is no set theme.

Entry is by completing the online entry form and uploading your manuscript in Microsoft Word (".doc") or RTF (".rtf") format.

To enter you must first register and confirm your email address. By so registering you agree that we may email you announcements about the competition and occasional newsletters. We will not pass your details to anyone outside of the Willesden Herald and Pretend Genius Press, unless required to do so by law.

Opening date for submissions: 1 September 2008
Closing date: 19 December 2008, Pretend Genius and Willesden Herald people and this year's judges are excluded from the competition, as are members of their immediate families.

We will not enter into any correspondence about the competition, including the rules, selections, formats, receipt of submissions or results.

We cannot provide any feedback on individual entries.

We will reduce the entries to a short list, from which the winners will be chosen anonymously by this year's judge.

The results will be announced early in 2009. The short list and winner will be announced simultaneously online. The prizewinners will be notified by email at the same time.

The prizes for 2009 are:

1st place: £150 plus a one-off Willesden Herald mug inscribed "The Willesden Short Story Prize 2009"

2nd: 2 x £100 (two runners up)

The three winning stories will be published in a special edition of

All short-listed stories, including the winners, will be eligible for publication in the New Short Stories anthology series (optional).

Author compensation for inclusion in New Short Stories is limited to 2 complimentary copies of the anthology.

Worldwide copyright of each entry remains with the author.

We reserve the right to withold the prizes and/or reduce the short list numbers if entries of a sufficient standard are not received.

This is a FREE competition, meaning free to enter. All for the love of the short story. As we said before, this is the first literary entity since Shakespeare to offer you both love and immortality.

By submitting an entry you agree to accept these rules in full.


(The yellow eyed penguin reminds me of the good short story. It's rather lovely, hard to find, and some people say its endangered.)


Jo Horsman said...

i might give this a go. i broke a mug this morning - white with red spots.
how come this pretty high-profile gig is free whilst the like of Asham are fifteen quid?

Vanessa Gebbie said...

um... dunno. Maybe because money and love don't mix?