The WriteUp Short Story Competition 2018 has now ended.

Thank you to all those who submitted their stories! We really enjoyed reading all your entries.

We’d like to congratulate our winner and runners up once again! We’d also like to congratulate all our shortlisted writers who have now been published in our WriteUP Anthology!!

This is the official shortlist:

“A Button and 52 Cigars” by Giada Nizzoli​ (Winner)

“Things That Were” by Kayleigh Berry (Runner Up)

“The Sand Bride” by Ellis Phillips (Runner Up)

“Baby Names” by Sophie Stevens​

“Fear of Flying” by Molly Jobson​

“Joshua” by Deborah Noordermer

“The Naughty List: by Callum Rail​

“The Raven Watches” by Anna Wall

“View” by Jerome O’Meara

Thank you again to all those submitted entries and supported us in this venture! Keep the writing up guys!!


Submit your stories for a chance to win prizes and book bundles!lit

The WriteUP Short Story Competition is an exciting new venture brought to the University of Portsmouth. This award is the result of a new project created and led by the University’s Level 5 English Literature students.

This prize is for short stories written by anyone currently working or studying at the University. We wanted to give everyone an equal chance at unleashing their creativity, therefore there is no restriction on theme or genre. The competition is open to all students and University staff and asks for entries of 3,000 words, but can be up to any length up to and including this.

The deadline for entering the competition is midnight on Friday the 9th March 2018. Submissions need to be made to the following email english@port.ac.uk with the subject title WriteUP Short Story Entry. Make sure to proofread your work because once submitted, your story can no longer be edited!j

Shortlisted candidates will be sent 
kan email inviting them to the Winner’s Ceremony. If you’re shortlisted make sure you attend! The winner will be announced at the Ceremony on Thursday 29th March.

This prize is in collaboration with the charity Beanstalk which encourages children to read if they’ve fallen behind. We are all very excited to support this great charity, and encourage reading in all forms. Please visit their website to learn more at this address https://www.beanstalkcharity.org.uk/

If you would like to make a donation to the charity then please visit our JustGiving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/writeup

The competition is the perfect opportunity for writers of all abilities to submit their writing to our panel of judges and those shortlisted will have their work published in our WriteUP anthology!

1st prize: £50 Blackwell’s voucher, £50 in cash and a book bundle

2nd 3rd prize: £25 cash each and a book bundle

So what are you waiting for?

Get writing!

Take some time to read through the entry requirements set out by our judges and then submit your short story to english@port.ac.uk.

And good luck from all the Level 5 English Literature students!