Terms and Conditions

Below are the terms and conditions of entering the Olga Sinclair Open Short Story Competition:

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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.
  • Stories must follow our brief, including the chosen theme. The theme is different each year. Remember to consult the current year’s page before submitting your entry. Failure to follow the brief will result in disqualification. 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.
  • 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.