Retreat West is all about reading and writing fiction. Writing retreats, courses, competitions and editorial services to help you improve and inspire you.
Ends on October 30, 2016£ 15.00
£ 15.00
Write a letter (up to 500 words) from one of your characters to another telling them something that they've never told anyone before. Think theme, description that works hard, voice and emotional arc as you write!
  • Submit stories written in English by 23.45 GMT on the deadline date (sorry late entries will not be included)
  • Maximum word count is 500 but there is no minimum
  • Do not include your name on the story but provide a short bio in the body of the email
  • Stories must be your own original work and not have been published online or in print
  • By entering the competition you agree to your story being published on the Retreat West website and to attend the writing retreat
  • Stories can be in any genre apart from children’s fiction
  • You can enter as many times as you like but each entry must be made separately and the entry fee paid each time
  • The prize is a place at the writing retreat as detailed and is not transferable and there is no cash alternative
  • The judge’s decision is final
Ends on December 4, 2016£ 15.00
£ 15.00
The RW Mentoring Programme is open to applications twice a year and it provides 6 months of mentoring free of charge. You can find full details on the programme here:  http://www.retreatwest.co.uk/editorial/mentoring/
For 2017, there are going to be 2 places available for each mentoring period.


To apply for the next programme, pay the £15 application fee and submit:
  • a 500 word statement on why you would like to be mentored, why you should be chosen, why you'd like to work with Amanda Saint and what your hopes are for your work
  • a 500 word sample of your writing

Ends in 6 hours, 12 minutes £ 15.00 - 35.00
£ 15.00 - 35.00
Submit short stories of 1500 to 4000 words
Full guidelines: http://www.retreatwest.co.uk/competitions/the-rw-short-story-prize/
Ends in 6 hours, 12 minutes £ 10.00 - 25.00
£ 10.00 - 25.00
Submit flash fictions up to 500 words (no minimum word count)
Full guidelines: http://www.retreatwest.co.uk/competitions/the-rw-flash-fiction-prize/
£ 5.00 - 12.00
Submit flash fiction stories up to 500 words (excluding title)
Do not include your name in the story
See full details on the website: http://www.retreatwest.co.uk/competitions/themed-flash/
Ends on December 4, 2016£ 15.00
£ 15.00
Submit your first chapters only (up to 3,500 words) plus novel title
Do not put your name in the text
See full competition details here: http://www.retreatwest.co.uk/competitions/first-chapter/