The 2022 Outsideleft Short Story Competition

Alice by Callum MacDonald

"I thought this a unique take on it in terms of the relationship one might have with a landmark such as this and which others might walk past every day. It was a delicately delivered story that flowed beautifully... It's evocative and clever writing." - Lisa Blower


Always April by Harriet Bradshaw

"I love this, so evocative" - Jenny McCann

Man on a Bridge by Claire Griffiths

"Very clever for one so short. I liked it a lot." - Jenny McCann



Fatum Divina by Sean Taylor
The Little Village Wall by Alice Gregg
The Chalky Bit by Sourav Roy


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The 2023 Outsideleft Short Story Competition will open for entries on April 1st.

Every week OUTSIDELEFT tells the stories of art and culture that mean something to our writers. Now we are encouraging you to write something for us!


The theme of the Outsideleft's 2022 Short Story Competition is 'Concrete'.

Concrete is so much more than the material from which the world's cities, roads and flyovers are constructed from. 'Concrete' is the unmoving, hard to get round. Solid. Ideas can be concrete. Beliefs can be concrete. Unassailable truth is 'concrete'. Your concrete might not be our concrete.

  • The winner will receive £100 and a trophy created by renowned artist Chantal Pitts.
  • There will be two runners up who will receive trophies created by Chantal.
  • By entering you give OL permission to publish the winning stories but you will retain copyright.

The competition is open now
All entries must be received by the end of May 31st, 2022.
Winners will be announced in Outsideleft on September 1st, 2022.


  1. Open to anyone over the age of 18 of any nationality and any location.
  2. All entries to be written in English.
  3. Fiction, only.
  4. All genres.
  5. A maximum of 1,000 words.
  6. One entry per person.
  7. All entries must be original and unpublished in any form.
  8. The judges decision will be final.
  9. Please send entries as a Word Doc, Docx or PDF; double spaced in a readable font, size 12. Please include your name and email address on your submission. Attach to an email and send to:
  10. Entries can only be made online.
  11. Use this button to share this competition with your writer friends!

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