The Leicester Writes Short Story Prize 2023

The Leicester Writes Short Story Prize 2023 is now closed.

The results have been announced.

We’re looking for new and original fiction under 3,500 words.

Stories can be any length (up to 3,500 words) style, or subject. There is no set theme.

£7 per story. Max three entries per person.


1st Prize   – £175

2nd Prize – £75

3rd Prize – £50

A longlist of a maximum of 20 stories will be published in an anthology and all authors receive a complimentary copy. A shortlist and overall winners will be selected by our esteemed judging panel Joe Bedford and Mona Dash.

Deadline:  23:59 on 2nd July 2023

UPDATE: Due to technical issues we’re extending the deadline until midnight on 5th July 2023.


Please use the form below to submit your entry. As we read submissions blind please do not put your name on your entry or in your file name. Your file must be saved as a .doc or .docx file otherwise it will not be accepted. If you would like a short feedback report of up to 250 words on your story please choose the option to so below. The fee for feedback is £30 and must be selected at the time of submission.

See Full rules.