The Olga Sinclair Open Short Story Competition



Every year The Norwich Writers’ Circle hosts the Olga Sinclair Open Short Story Competition. The competition is open to writers of all ages and capability worldwide, whether they are a member or not. Each year a different theme or topic is set based on something local to Norwich.

Stories do not have to take place in or be about Norwich. Entrants are invited to interpret our theme any way they choose. Past themes have included:

  • Mustard
  • Shoes
  • Strangers
  • Markets

Our theme for 2019 is ‘Spooks’.

Winning stories are picked by an independent judge, and entries are judged anonymously.

Ten winners are chosen. The top three winners are awarded cash prizes. The remaining seven are runners up. All ten are included in our anthology.

For more information please see the individual year’s competition page:


The competition is launched every year in April. The deadline for the competition is the end of July. The results are announced in October. Exact dates are confirmed on our programme and the current year’s competition page.