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.

Submit flash fiction stories on the theme to win cash prizes, get published on the website and have a professional recording of your winning story.

Word count limit: 500

Theme: After

Judge: Shaun Levin

Get full details here.

Win feedback on your novel's opening chapters and synopsis from industry professionals.


Submit your first chapter only (up to 3,500 words) plus novel title


Do not put your name in the document or on the entry title


See full competition details and rules here: http://www.retreatwest.co.uk/competitions/first-chapter/


PLEASE NOTE: Submissions that ignore the rules and include prologues or more than one chapter will be automatically disqualified. 

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