Sunderland Short Story Award


Do you have the flair to take us on a journey around the world, to take us to universes previously unexplored, or to take us on an emotional rollercoaster as you describe the society around you – all in 2500 words? Then Sunderland University’s inaugural Sunderland Short Story Award is the perfect place to showcase your talent!

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Running as part of the Sunderland Literature and Creative Writing Festival, the Award is split into two age categories; 11-16 (where the word limit is 1500 words) and Adults.

You can write about any theme, andamazing cash prizes are on offer for both categories – £500 for the winning adult and £200 for the winning 11-16 year-old.

But that’s not all:

Shortlisted work from the Adult section will be read by London agent Susan Yearwood and publisher Unthank Books, where outstanding work may be considered for publication in Unthank’s Unthology series, so where could your imagination take you?

Winners from the 11-16 section will see their work published in the local Waterstones.

Entry for 11-16s is free, a small charge of £3 is required for adults, and you can submit your work from Monday January 25 2016.

The deadline is Wednesday June 1 2016, and all work must be submitted to, together with the payment receipt, if applicable.

Visit the University’s Online Store for more information and details on how to pay.

Good luck with your entry!


Download this PDF file for a full list of competition rules.

Short Story rules

Full list of prizes

Adults: 1st prize £500 2nd prize £125 3rd prize £75

(16 and over) In addition to the prize money, all shortlisted entries will be read by London agent Susan Yearwood and publisher Unthank Books Outstanding work may be considered for Unthank’s unthology series.


Under 16s: 1st prize £200 2nd prize £75 3rd prize £30

(12-16) Winning entries will be published in a small pamphlet with non-profit copies available in the local Watersones.


The award ceremony will be held at the Sunderland Waterstones in late Oct /early Nov to coincide with the Sunderland Literature and Creative Writing Festival

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