2021 Short Story Competition

Welcome to the 2021 Shooter Short Story Competition, the sixth year of our contest that spotlights rising literary talent, with cash prizes and publication both in the pages of Shooter and online. There’s a prize pot of £500 and discounted entry for multiple stories – so get submitting!

Regular submissions to the magazine are usually confined to a particular theme, but the competition offers a chance to write about whatever compels you, in any style, to a maximum of 5,000 words. We’re looking for imaginative, absorbing and beautifully written stories that bring characters to life and elicit an emotional response from the reader. In short, well written tales that appeal to both the head and the heart.

In return for the entry fee, all entrants will receive an e-copy of Shooter’s summer 2021 issue, which will feature the winning story.

  • The winner of the 2021 Shooter Short Story Competition will receive £400, publication in the summer issue and on the website, and promotion on Shooter’s social media.
  • The runner-up will receive £100, publication on Shooter’s website, and promotion on social media.
  • All entrants will receive an e-copy of Shooter’s summer 2021 issue.
  • Stories may be any theme or genre, and any length up to 5,000 words.
  • The competition is open to entries through May 9th, 2021.
  • All proceeds from the entry fee of £7 (or £10 for two stories) go toward prizes, contributor payments and Shooter’s production costs, supporting our mission to promote the best new writing and encourage the principle of paying writers for their work.

To enter, please email your story (as a doc, pages, or pdf file) to contest.shooterlitmag@gmail.com by the deadline of May 9th, 2021. Include your name, title of story and word count in the body of the email, with no identifying information on the story itself. Multiple entries may be submitted via a single email. The winning writers will be notified in June and a public announcement will be made soon thereafter.

Entry fees can be paid via the following links (card payments are accepted in addition to PayPal):

Single story entry:
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Discounted entry for two stories:
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Shooter holds a poetry competition during the second half of the year; the winning entry is published in the winter issue. Further details for poets will appear on Shooter’s website when the competition opens in August.

Please email shooterlitmag@gmail.com with any questions. We look forward to reading your work – good luck!