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Bare Fiction Prize 2016 – Short Story Entry



Short Story Judge: Courttia Newland

  • 1st Prize: £500
  • 2nd Prize: £200
  • 3rd Prize: £100
  • 2 x Highly Commended: £25 each

Deadline: October 31st 2016

£2 entry discount for magazine subscribers.

Please see below for details, full competition rules and how to enter.

Entries Closed


Bare Fiction Prize 2016 - Short Story Entry

Short Story Judge: Courttia Newland

Courttia Newland is the author of seven works of fiction including his debut, The Scholar. His latest novel, The Gospel According to Cane, was published in 2013 and has been optioned by Cowboy Films. He was nominated for the Impac Dublin Literary Award and The Frank O’ Conner award, as well as numerous others. His short stories have appeared in many anthologies and broadcast on Radio 4. He co-wrote the ‘Writer’s & Artists’ Companion book, Writing Short Stories’ with Tania Hershman.

‘It’s difficult to say what I’m looking for in a story, because I generally don’t look for anything. I want a story to find me, if that makes sense. I want it to sneak up and catch me unawares, to tell me something I don’t yet know, to surprise me, or awaken me to a truth I’ve previously missed. For me, a great short story is an optimum moment in time, one that demands attention and makes me feel an emotional pull – any emotion will do. That moment can be about absolutely anything, or anyone. I don’t care about genre, time, or country. I don’t mind if there’s an epiphany or the characters remain as they are. As long as the moment, and the people who experience it are solid, and vibrant, and full of emotion, you can tell me a story about anything at all.’

  • Maximum 3000 words
  • 1st Prize: £500
  • 2nd Prize: £200
  • 3rd Prize: £100
  • 2 x Highly Commended: £25 each

Deadline: October 31st 2016
£2 entry discount for magazine subscribers.


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  1. Enter the number of submissions for the competition category in the box above.
  2. Click the “Add to cart & upload files” button.
  3. Choose each submission as a separate file (you will see an individual upload section for each entry). The file name should be of the format: Your-Name-Entry-Title.format
  4. Your file can be in either Word .doc or .docx, .pdf or rtf file formats.
  5. Once you have selected your entry file/s, click the “Upload” button.
  6. Click the “View Cart” or “Checkout” buttons to proceed with registering your details and to make your payment.


  1. Download the entry form.
  2. Fill in the entry form and post, including your payment and submissions, to:

Bare Fiction Prize
177 Copthorne Road,
Shropshire SY3 8NA

Bare Fiction Prize 2016: Flyer + Entry Form

For postal entries you can download the flyer & entry form by clicking the button below. If you run a writing group and would like to be sent some flyers in the post, please get in touch.


  • If you are a current paid subscriber to Bare Fiction Magazine and you are entering online you will see the discount added to your entry after you login to your account during checkout.
  • Alternatively, you can purchase a subscription online by adding either a Digital or Print Subscription to your basket after you have uploaded your entry files. The subscriber entry discount will be added to your basket.
  • If you are entering by post and have a current paid subscription to Bare Fiction, simply enter the discounted entry rate on your form and send the appropriate payment.
  • All subscriptions to Bare Fiction Magazine include completely FREE access to digital editions of all back issues.


1. Entries for the Bare Fiction Prize must be in English, your own unaided work, and not a translation of another writer. Entries must not have been previously published or self-published, in print or online, or have won a prize in another competition. The maximum length of any entry must be:

Flash Fiction: 500 words

Short Story: 3000 words

Poetry: 40 lines

2. Your name and address must not appear on the pieces entered, nor any other marks that could identify you. Enter the title of each flash fiction, story or poem on the entry form, or the first line for untitled work. Photocopies of the form are acceptable. Online entry will be available via our website: www.barefictionmagazine.co.uk

3. Postal entries must be typed or written clearly in black on white A4 paper or US letter size, and on one side of the paper only.

4. For works that are longer than one page, the complete work must NOT be stapled in the top left hand corner. Please use a paper clip. Please don’t staple work together. Each piece will be judged separately on its own merits.

5. You may enter as many pieces as you wish, accompanied by the appropriate entry fee. For Bare Fiction Magazine subscribers the entry fees are reduced.

Flash Fiction Entries: £6 per entry / £4 for subscribers

Short Story Entries: £8 per entry / £6 for subscribers

Poetry Entries: £5 per entry / £3 for subscribers

You are also eligible for the lower entry fee if you take out a subscription now: see form for details. Entry fees must be in UK currency, and cheques/postal orders payable to BARE FICTION Payment can also be made through a PayPal account to info@barefiction.co.uk

6. Your poem, flash fiction or short story must not have been previously published or placed in any other prize or competition to be eligible for the Bare Fiction Prize 2016. You must notify us immediately if your work is shortlisted for another competition or accepted elsewhere  and withdraw your entry.

7. The closing date is 31st October 2016. Postal entries must be received by the closing date to be eligible. Online entries can be placed until midnight GMT on 31st October 2016.

Winners will be notified by 10th January 2017; the first, second and third prizewinners will be published in the Spring 2017 issue of Bare Fiction Magazine and on the magazine’s website. The prizes will be awarded at our launch reading in London in Spring 2017 (date to be confirmed). Copyright remains with the authors, but we reserve the right to publish the winning entries.

8. If you would like a receipt for your entry, send a small envelope marked receipt, self-addressed and stamped with UK postage, or enclosed with an international reply coupon. For a list of the winners and details of the awards reading, please enclose an envelope marked results, likewise stamped or with an IRC. The results will also be published on our website by 31st January 2017.

9. We are unable to return entries, so please don’t send your only copy. We will not enter into any correspondence about entries, or make changes to entries received. Incomplete submissions will not be accepted. The judges’ decisions will be final. Your entry in the competition means you accept these rules. We will abide by good practice in the running of this competition, but cannot be held responsible for circumstances beyond our control such as failure of postal delivery. Should the named judge be unable to proceed in any category, we aim to find an alternative judge of equivalent standing as an author/poet. Prizes may be withheld or altered if we receive no outstanding entries, or insufficient entries.

If you enter by post and wish to pay via PayPal, please include a transaction ref. number (or other proof) with your entry.

For postal entries, send the form with your competition entries to:

Bare Fiction Prize

177 Copthorne Road, Shrewsbury

Shropshire SY3 8NA

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