Milton Keynes Short Story Competition

Hello lovely people

How often do you read a story set in Milton Keynes? Not often enough!mk-typewriter

Help the good people of Costa del Keynes to celebrate MK’s 50th birthday in 2017 by writing a short story set in our unique city. Science fiction, thriller, romance, historical fiction or gritty crime: as long as your story has MK as a backdrop, we want to read it.

I’ll be judging along with local author Karen Guyler and Scott Dorward. 50 of the best stories will be selected for publication in a limited edition anthology.

Maximum number of words: 1050

Age categories: 14 – 19 and 20+

1st prize £100, 2nd prize £50, 3rd prize £25 – in both categories

Deadline for submissions: 21st April 2017

Winners will be notified by: 19th June 2017
What you need to know

  • All entries must be written in English
  • Stories must be set in Milton Keynes: past, present or future
  • Stories may be in any genre, eg Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction, History
  • There are two age categories 14-9 and 20+
  • Entries must be no more than 1050 words per story (there is no minimum word limit)
  • Entries should be submitted in Microsoft Word, RTF or Plain Text as an attachment to an email
  • All work should be typed in Arial size 12 font and should include a word count
  • Writers should not include their name on any part of the attachment as entries will be judged anonymously
  • Work should be original and not previously published
  • All stories submitted may be considered for publication in an anthology. This will be published in a limited edition and available for purchase
  • Complete stories or extracts may be broadcast on MKFM radio station
  • First prize in each category: £100
  • Second and third prizes in each category £50 / £25
  • Judges include local authors: Carole Matthews, Karen Guyler and Scott Dorward
  • Judges cannot correspond with entrants or give feedback on submissions
  • The competition is supported by Community Learning MK, IngramSpark and MKFM

What you need to do

  • All entries should be submitted as an attachment to an email and sent to
  • In the email subject line please state MK50 Short Story Submission
  • Please include the following details in the body of your email:
  • Your full name
  • Age category
  • Title of piece
  • Email address/phone number

Deadline for submissions:    21st April 2017

Winners will be notified by:  19th June 2017


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6 Responses to “Milton Keynes Short Story Competition”

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  1. Liz Hayward says:

    Just polishing off my story. I will send it in soon!

    Do you know how many entries you are expecting?

    • Carole Matthews says:

      Thanks, Liz. I’m not co-ordinating the entries, but I’ll receive the short-list to judge. Good luck! C : ) xx

  2. vee hunter says:

    I have a story to send, but am not sure how to send it.

  3. Shirley says:

    Botheration – missed your deadline. Someone said end of April – own fault, should have checked for myself. Good luck to all.

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