Here are some frequently asked questions about the Olga Sinclair Open Short Story Competition:

How old do I have to be to enter?

We do not have any age restrictions. The competition is open to all age groups.

I live outside the UK. Can I still enter?

We accept entries from around the world. However, all payments must be made in Pounds Stirling (GBP), and entries must be written in English. If you cannot send the money via BACS then please email us so we can find an alternative payment method.

When will the results be announced?

The results are officially during the results gala. The 2022 gala date will be in December. Exact date TBC. The results are then usually posted on our website, Facebook and Twitter by 23:00, after the gala. Please note that while we make every effort to get the results up as soon as we can, we are all volunteers with many responsibilities outside the group which can sometimes cause unexpected delays.

Will I be contacted if I win?

Prior to the gala, the ten winners will be contacted. They will not, however, be told where they have placed. This will be revealed at the results gala. This is why we ask all entrants for contact information. Please ensure it is accurate and up to date. Please ensure you do not reveal you have won ANYWHERE including but not limited to social media, personal and professional websites, via email, telephone, written correspondence, and public announcements. 

If my story makes it into the anthology, will I be paid royalties?

Our anthology is non-profit. Authors will not be paid any royalties, however, they retain the full copyright to their story and are free to publish it elsewhere if they so chose. All we ask is that they wait until the anthology has been released before they do so. Authors are only giving us permission to feature their story in the anthology. As such, no royalties would be paid. Proceeds from the anthology go towards future competitions.

When will the anthology be published?

We  aim to have the anthology out as soon as we can, and we aim to have the anthology published in time for the results gala. However, as we are all volunteers with limited resources and other responsibilities and priorities, this is not always possible. We post regular updates on our website and on social media.