£255 prize money to be won in Cranked Anvil’s latest writing competition

There’s no denying it: the lockdown has had a huge effect on everyone. (Understatement of the year!) But in true British stiff upper lip fashion, we’ve seen that people have, for the most part, been keeping calm and carrying on. Even at Cranked Anvil HQ – the media company I run – we’ve finally been able to devote more time and give birth to a long-planned project. (More news to come on that soon).

In the meantime, Cranked Anvil’s quarterly short story competition continues, and it has grown from strength to strength since it was launched just over a year ago.

If you’ve found yourself with more time on your hands recently to write that short story you’ve always thought about (or even if you can see yourself setting aside some time over the next couple of days) the current competition is currently running (closing date for entries is 30th April).

If you find your story placed in the top three, you could win a share of £255 in prize money, plus full publication on the Cranked Anvil website. (You can read all of the the winning stories from previous competitions, as well as checking out all the long and short lists.)

We have made the process as simple and clear as possible, with dedicated pages on the Cranked Anvil site for an overview of the comp, the rules (PLEASE make sure you read them if you’re entering) and for paying your entry fee. (Just £5 for one story, plus £3 for the second, plus £2 for the third. You can enter up to three stories each quarter.)

As always, the competition is open to any theme or genre, with a maximum word count of 1,500 (not including the title).

If you’ve got a short story lying around that fits the bill – or if you’d like to try rustling one up in the next few days! – then why not give it a try and enter?

Stay safe.

And good luck – we can’t wait to read your writing.

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