These were the rules for the Sunday 5 November 2023 event 'Love is Strange' on the themes of Love Stories or Obsessions

We are currently closed for submissions

Please note that our submissions process ensures that our judges select the ten stories to be read without knowing the names of the writers

Rules for the Sunday 5 November 2023 Love/Obsession Event 'Love is Strange'
  1. Submissions will be considered from writers who were born in Gloucestershire or South Gloucestershire, or who currently live, or work, or study, or are a member of a writers' group in either county.
  2. There is no charge for submissions.
  3. Stories may be previously published or unpublished. 
  4. A maximum of two stories per writer may be submitted.
  5. Writers must be 16 or over at the time of the event.
  6. Sorry, poetry, plays, non-fiction and children's fiction will not be accepted.
  7. No AI-generated stories please.
  8. Submissions must be received by 23.59 on Sunday 1 October 2023.
  9. Stories must be between 500 and 1,500 words (excluding the title).
  10. IMPORTANT - Stories must only be submitted by email and only to 
  11. You must ensure that you are available for the event at the Cotswold Playhouse in Stroud on the evening of Sunday 5 November. Please do not submit if you are uncertain.
  12. Writers chosen to read may not submit to the next SSS event.
  13. Please do not title your story 'Love', 'Love Story', 'Love Stories', 'Love is Strange', 'Obsession' or 'Obsessions' although you may use any of these words in a longer title.
  14. Although submissions are judged 'blind', no relatives/family members of the SSS organiser, administrator or judges may submit.
  15. The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into. We're sorry but because of the number of submissions we receive we are not able to provide feedback on individual stories.
  16. By submitting a story or stories to Stroud Short Stories you agree to receive information from us about our events and other local writing events. Please sign up here, ticking the Author option. It's easy to unsubscribe if you later wish to. This is our Privacy Policy.
  17. By submitting a story or stories to SSS, if successful, you agree to our use of images and/or recordings of you from the event on the SSS website, Twitter, YouTube etc.
  18. Please read How to Submit Your Stories (below) before submitting. Obvious, I know - you'd be amazed...
  19. Please read our Writing Tips for advice on the types of stories we are looking for.

How to Submit Your Stories
  1. Please read the Rules above before submitting.
  2. IMPORTANT - Email your stories to
  3. Attach your story in WORD doc or docx format, and not in pdf or other formats please.
  4. Please do NOT include any details about yourself on your story. Include only the title of your story and the word count on your story attachment. (It's fine to attach two stories to one email).
  5. In your covering email please include 1.your name, 2.your email address, 3.your phone number, 4.the title of your story or stories (for cross referencing), and 5.the name of your village, town or city, or your connection with Gloucestershire/South Gloucestershire if it is other than where you live (see Rule 1 above).
  6. The closing date for submissions is Sunday 1 October at one minute to midnight (23.59).
  7. When you have submitted your story (or stories), if you are not already a subscriber, please subscribe to SSS newsletters here, and tick the 'Author' option. We will then be able to let you know whether your story makes the Long List, the Short List or the Final Ten. (It's easy to unsubscribe).
  8. As a subscriber, you will be informed by email of the Long Listed and Short Listed titles - and finally of the Ten Stories we select no later than Thursday 12 October.
  9. The receipt of your submissions will be acknowledged electronically. If there is a problem of any kind we will be in touch and work with you to resolve it.