Submit Your Entry

Before submitting your entry, please read the following guidelines and terms and conditions carefully.  Failure to follow either will result in disqualification. Disqualified entries will not receive their entry fee back.

Information on how to submit you story is found at the bottom of the page.

Submission Guidelines:

Cover Sheet

Please fill in the below cover sheet:


We need this information for admin purposes and so we can contact you if you win.  It will not be passed onto third parties.

When emailing your entry, the cover sheet should be a separate attachment. Please do not put it in the body of the email.

Each story you submit should have its own cover sheet.


All manuscripts must be formatted as follows:

  • Double spaced
  • 12pt Times New Roman
  • 2.54 cm page margin (most word processing software defaults to this).
  • Paper size A4 (most word processing software defaults to this).
  • Please only include the title and not your name i.e do not use [Title] by [Name]. This ensures all entries are judged anonymously.
  • Your header or footer must contain page numbers, formatted as page x of y. If you do not know how to do this please see the following links for instructions for Microsoft and Apple users.

Remember, the word limit is 2000 words maximum, excluding the title and header and footer text such as page numbers. If you story is even one word over, it will be disqualified.

How to send entries:

Due to Covid-19, we will not be accepting postal entries. It will be EMAIL ONLY.

Email Entries

NOTE: Emailed submissions must be sent as an attachment.  Please do not put your story in the body of the email. Any entries sent this way will be disqualified.

1. Put your name, manuscript title, and payment reference in the subject like so:


2. Attach your entry as either a Word document format i.e .doc (or equally compatible file extension such as .docx) or .rtf file.  PDFs will not be accepted.

3. Attach your cover sheet (details on how to format these is given above).

4. Send them to

If you are sending multiple entries in one email, please attach a separate cover sheet for each.

How to Pay

The entry fee is £9 per entry.

Our payment details are below:

First, please use the following reference format: OS [First name] [Last Name]. For example, OS Joe Bloggs. Please include your reference on the cover sheet. This will enable us to match your payment to your entry.

Our details are as follows:

Sort Code: 77-68-22
Account No: 00010414
Name: Norwich Writers Circle

If you cannot pay via BACS, such as being an international entrant, please email us and we will find an alternative payment method:

If you have any questions, be sure to check out our FAQ page. If your question is not answered there, or you are still unsure about something, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Please note it may take 3-5 working days for us to respond.

Terms and Conditions

Please read the below terms and conditions carefully. Failure to follow them may result in disqualification.

  • All entries MUST be in English.
  • All entries must be fiction. Entries can be any genre i.e sci-fi, horror, romance etc. but it MUST be a fictional short story. We do not accept non-fiction.
  • The word limit is 2000 words maximum (excluding title and page numbers). Entries over this limit, even by only a single word, will be disqualified. Disqualified entries will not receive their entry fee back.
  • Entries must not have been published or self-published in any format, including but not limited to, publication on any website, blog or online forum, or broadcast.
  • Entries must not be awaiting publication or self-publication in any format, including but not limited to, publication on any website, blog or online forum, or broadcast.
  • You can submit the same entry you send to us elsewhere at the same time, but please contact us to withdraw your entry as soon as possible if the story places anywhere in another competition, or if it is published elsewhere – including but not limited to: in print or online (including self-published, ebook, magazines, journals, audio, websites, blogs, social network sites), or broadcast. If you have to withdraw your story, you will not receive your entry fee back.
  • Work must not have previously placed in any other competition, either as a winner (i.e 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place) nor have been shortlisted, longlisted or highly commended.
  • By submitting your entry, you are giving us permission for it to be included in our non-profit anthology should it win. You will retain the copyright to the story and be allowed to publish it elsewhere should you wish to after the results have been officially announced. As a courtesy, however, we ask that you not publish either before the results have been officially announced, or before the anthology has been released.
  • Entries submitted posthumously will not be eligible.
  • Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant. By submitting you are confirming that the work is your own. Any evidence to the contrary will result in immediate disqualification and any prize money paid will be reclaimed.
  • Entries received after the deadline will not be entered, nor will any fees paid be returned.
  • Each story submitted counts as an entry and must be paid for. There is no limit to the number of entries that can be submitted provided they are all paid for.
  • If an entrant is found to have breached any of the terms and conditions, their entry will be disqualified. Any fees paid will not be refunded.  If they have been given any prize money, it will be reclaimed.
  • It is the sole responsibility of the entrant to report any cash prizes they win in the competition according to the tax laws that apply in their respective country and/or county/state/province.
  • If your entry wins, your story will need to be formatted based on our house style. If your story does not meet this style, you may be asked to format your work to follow our house style and will be given a deadline for this. Failure to do so by the deadline might mean your story is not put in the anthology.
  • Submission of work will be taken as a declaration that you (the entrant) understand all of the terms and conditions and agree to them all.