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Nobrow Short Story Competition

Nobrow Short Story Competition


The Nobrow Short Story Competition is open to all writers! Up to twelve winning entries will be published in a short story anthology, and this beautifully illustrated book will celebrate the best short fiction and non-fiction writing.

The theme is ‘The Censor’. You can interpret this in any way you wish – it could represent censoring of the past, present and future; the self; the state; or the effects of censorship on everyday life. As a provocation the publisher hopes the theme can provide a rich vein of storytelling inspiration for anyone wishing to take part in the competition. They are looking for inclusive, surprising, ingenious and diverse responses that capture our minds and hold us until every word is devoured.


This competition is open to people of any nationality aged 18 and over.

It is completely free to enter, and submissions are welcome that you may already have written as long as they have not been previously published and can be related to the theme of The Censor.

A submission is defined as a short story of up to 3,000 words or a creative non-fiction piece of up to 3,000 words. No illustrations will be accepted.


An overall winner will receive £2000.

All selected contributors will receive £150 and two complimentary copies of the book, and will be invited to attend events including a launch and readings.


Submissions should be sent via email attachment to The subject line of your email must contain “Nobrow Short Story Competition”. The attachment must be a Word document or PDF. Please ensure the title of the Word document or PDF is the official title of your submission. Your submission should clearly state if it is Non-Fiction or Fiction.