Art by José Amado Polanco Martinez

Art by José Amado Polanco Martinez



View the Longlist for 2018 - just published

Previous winners are listed here

The Prize

There are six prizes which will be awarded by the InkTears judging panel:

  • Winner: £250

  • Runner-up: £50

  • 8x Highly Commended: £25

All prize winners will get their:

  • Story published to the InkTears Readership

  • Bio published on InkTears site

The Rules

  1. Submissions must be 500 words or less in length (shorter entries very welcome), written in English. Any theme is acceptable.

  2. Story may have have been previously published in a magazine or online, providing the author still owns the copyright and there is no exclusivity with the prior publication

  3. Alternatively, the story may be as yet unpublished.

  4. Work must be entirely the work of the entrant, and the entrant must own the full publication rights to the story.

  5. Submissions must be accompanied by a bio including full details of any previous publication history of the story submitted.

  6. Submissions can only be accepted online.

  7. Each submission must be accompanied by an entry fee of £3.50, payable as part of the submission process.

  8. Multiple submissions are permitted.

  9. There is no geographical restriction on entrants, entry is open to all including non-UK based writers.

  10. Entrants must be a minimum of 18 years old.

  11. Entrants agree to have their story published by InkTears in both electronic and paper format. Authors will retain worldwide copyright on their work with InkTears having first publication rights.

  12. Closing date is 31 July 2018.

  13. Winners will be notified via email and results posted on this website by 15 Nov 2018.

  14. Entrants will be judged by the InkTears judging panel. The judges’ decisions are final and no individual correspondence will be entered into.

  15. Entry is confirmation of your acceptance of all rules and conditions.

Please check Submittable for any updates, or if you need to withdraw your entry