Retreat West is all about reading and writing fiction. Learn with great authors on residential writing retreats and online courses; get published and paid in the competitions; and improve your skills with the courses and editorial reviews.

Our Author Members also get ongoing motivation and inspiration via email; discounts on the courses and retreats; free entries to the comps and free copies of the books we publish; a supportive online community; and priority booking when new courses are launched.


Retreat West Books (Winner Most Innovative Publisher 2020 Saboteur Awards) publishes short story collections, novels and memoirs.

Annual Prize with publication in the paperback and ebook anthology.

Word count: 1000 - 2500

1st Prize: £400
2nd Prize: £250
3rd Prize: £150
Shortlisted: £20

Judge: Sarah Schofield

Get all the detailed info here: https://www.retreatwest.co.uk/retreat-west-prize

Annual Prize with publication in the paperback and ebook anthology.


Word count: 101 - 500


1st Prize: £350
2nd Prize: £200
3rd Prize: £100
Shortlisted: £15


Judge: Tom O'Brien


Get all the detailed info here: https://www.retreatwest.co.uk/retreat-west-prize

Annual Prize with publication in the paperback and ebook anthology.

Word count: up to 150

1st Prize: £200
2nd Prize: £100
3rd Prize: £50
Shortlisted: £10

Judge: Laura Besley

Get all the detailed info here: https://www.retreatwest.co.uk/retreat-west-prize

This festive season we'll be counting down to Christmas with the online publication of 12 seasonal stories.

The winning stories will be published in December - 1 a day starting 5th December - and in true advent calendar style the prizes will be revealed when the story is published. They will all be Retreat West goodies so a mix of courses, memberships, books, feedback and mentoring.

Entry fee: £6.

Deadline for entries: 31st August 2022

Max word count: 1000

Stories can have been previously published as long as you retain the publication rights and the publication date was before August 2022.


Competition T&Cs

  • Submit stories written in English through Submittable by 23.59 GMT on the deadline date (sorry late entries will not be included).
  • Please include a word count on the story document
  • Maximum word count is 1000 (excluding title) but there is no minimum. Please do not submit stories above this word count as they will be automatically disqualified. Sorry!
  • Do not include your name on the story or the submission title – sorry but stories where we can see the writer’s name will automatically be disqualified as all entries are judged anonymously.
  • Stories must be your own original work and they can have been previously published as long as you retain the publication rights and the publication date was before August 2022.
  • By entering the competition you agree to your story being published on the Retreat West website.
  • If you enter the story elsewhere and it is accepted for publication before judging takes place then you will have to withdraw it and no entry fees will be refundable.
  • Stories can be in any genre apart from children’s fiction.
  • You can enter multiple stories but the £6 entry fee is payable each time and each story must be submitted separately.
  • The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.


Quarterly Themed Flash Competition



The winner and two runners-up receive cash prizes, have their stories published in the flash fiction journal on our website and will also have a professional reading of the story from actor and voice artist, Holly Joyce. These readings will be published on our YouTube channel and the winning writers will receive a copy to use for themselves too.


Septemner 2022 theme: Amok


Prizes


First Place Prize: £200 cash, story published online, professional recording of story
Runner-Up Prize x 2: £100 cash, story published online, professional recording of story
Word limit: 500


Entry Fee

  • £8 for 1 entry
  • £43 for 1 entry plus detailed feedback on the story submitted



See all the themes and judges for the year on our website.

Quarterly Themed Flash Competition


The winner and two runners-up receive cash prizes, have their stories published in the flash fiction journal on our website and will also have a professional reading of the story from actor and voice artist, Holly Joyce. These readings will be published on our YouTube channel and the winning writers will receive a copy to use for themselves too.


December 2022 theme: When the Mighty Fall



Prizes


First Place Prize: £200 cash, story published online, professional recording of story
Runner-Up Prize x 2: £100 cash, story published online, professional recording of story
Word limit: 500


Entry Fee

  • £8 for 1 entry
  • £43 for 1 entry plus detailed feedback on the story submitted



See all the themes and judges for the year on our website.

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