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October 2019

ChipLitFest Short Story Competition


I’m delighted to announce that pennyshorts is sponsoring the fifth ChipLitFest Short Story competition, which is now open for entries. Top prize is £500, and the deadline is midnight GMT, 8th Feb 2020. To enter, here’s the link:

All details can be found at, but for quick reference, here they are:

Judge: Sarah Franklin
Entry fee: £5 for sto­ries up to 2,500 words. £8 for sto­ries up to 5,000 words
Word Lim­it: 2,500 (£5) 5,000 (£8)
Dead­line (Clos­ing Date): 12 Mid­night GMT, Sat­ur­day 8 Feb­ru­ary 2020
First Prize: £500, Sec­ond Prize: £100, Third Prize: £50

The authors of the Top 10 sto­ries will have an oppor­tu­ni­ty to fea­ture on penny shorts, and the Top 3 sto­ries will be pub­lished on the ChipLit­Fest website. Plus, they will be read to an audience at a special event at the festival itself, which takes place 23rd – 26th April 2020.

Best of luck with your entries.

All the best

Cathy Evans