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 publishes short story collections, novels and memoirs.

The Retreat West Novel Prize is an annual prize looking for new, unagented authors with exciting novels to share.  
 

  • 1st Prize: A standard publishing contract with Retreat West Books for a paperback and ebook edition of the novel, with a £500 advance.
  • 2nd Prize: A full MS critique and editorial report from Amanda Saint.
  • 3rd Prize: A year's Gold Author Membership with Retreat West.

 Every writer that enters the competition will also receive an ebook copy of the winning novel when it is published.
Entry fee: £15
Deadline: 18th August 2019
Submission guidelines: Send the first 7,500 words only of your novel and a synopsis all in the same document. The 10 shortlisted writers will be asked to submit their full manuscript.
Get all of the details here:  https://www.retreatwest.co.uk/the-retreat-west-novel-prize/ 

2019 RW Short Story Prize
Ends on October 27, 2019£10.00
£10.00

Submit short stories of 1500 to 5000 words to win cash prizes and publication in the annual paperback and ebook anthology with Retreat West Books.

Judge: Angela Readman


Full guidelines: http://www.retreatwest.co.uk/competitions/the-rw-short-story-prize/

Ends on October 27, 2019£8.00
£8.00

Submit flash fictions up to 500 words (no minimum word count) to win cash prizes and publication in the annual paperback and ebook anthology with Retreat West Books.

Judge: Meg Pokrass

Full guidelines: http://www.retreatwest.co.uk/competitions/the-rw-flash-fiction-prize/

Themed Flash Competition: Water
Deadline: 29th September 2019


Submit flash fiction stories on the theme up to 500 words (excluding title)  
Do not include your name in the story  
 

All entries are judged by Amanda Saint, novelist, short story writer, publisher and founder of Retreat West.
The winner and two runners-up receive cash prizes and have their stories published on the website.  
You can read winning stories from previous competitions here.  

 Winner Prize: £200  
Runner-Up Prize x 2: £100  
Word count: Max 500

See full details on the website: http://www.retreatwest.co.uk/quarterly-themed-flash/



 

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Become a Retreat West Author Member to get entries to the flash competition included as part of your benefits, as well as loads of other great stuff to get you writing, submitting and published more often. Join our writing community here. 

Themed Flash Competition: Earth


Deadline: 29th December 2019
 

Submit flash fiction stories on the theme up to 500 words (excluding title)

Do not include your name in the story

All entries are judged by Amanda Saint, novelist, short story writer and founder of Retreat West. The winner and two runners-up receive cash prizes and have their stories published on the website.

You can read winning stories from previous competitions here.

Winner Prize: £200

Runner-Up Prize x 2: £100

Word count: Max 500

See full details on the website: http://www.retreatwest.co.uk/quarterly-themed-flash/


 

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Become a Retreat West Author Member to get entries to the flash competition included as part of your benefits, as well as loads of other great stuff to get you writing, submitting and published more often. Join our writing community here.

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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