We are currently closed for submissions and will open again in February for our spring event

Rules for the 11 November 2018 event 
  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 Stories may be previously published or unpublished.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 author may be submitted.
  5. Authors must be 16 or over at the time of the event.
  6. Sorry, poetry, non-fiction and children's fiction will not be accepted.
  7. Stories must be between 500 and 1,500 words (excluding the title).
  8. Submissions must be received by 23.59 on Sunday 14 October 2018.
  9. Stories can only be submitted by email and only to 
  10. Writers must be available to read at the SSS event on the evening of Sunday 11 November 2018 at the SVA, John Street, Stroud. Please do not submit your work unless you can be there.
  11. Writers chosen to read may not submit to two consecutive SSS events.
  12. Although submissions are judged 'blind', no relatives/family members of the SSS organiser, administrator or judges may submit.
  13. The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into. I'm sorry that because of the number of submissions we receive we are not able to provide feedback on individual stories.
  14. 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. It's easy to unsubscribe if you wish to. This is our Privacy Policy.
  15. Please read How to Submit (below) before submitting. Obvious, I know, but you'd be amazed...

How to Submit to the 11 November 2018 event
Our submissions process ensures that our judges select the ten stories to be read without knowing the names of the authors.

This is how to submit your stories -
  1. Please read the Rules above before submitting.
  2. 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 ok to attach two stories to one email).
  5. In the covering email please include your name, email address, phone number, the title of your story or stories (for cross referencing), 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 14 October 2018 at one minute to midnight (23.59).
  7. The receipt of your submissions will be acknowledged electronically. If there is a problem we will email you.
  8. When you have submitted, if you do not already receive SSS emails and newsletters, please sign up here, ticking the 'Author' option.
  9. You will then be informed by email of the ten stories selected to be read by their authors no later than 29 October 2018.