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 Novelette-in-Flash Prize 2020

Brand new competition for 2020


Submit your novelette-in-flash to win great prizes, including mentoring, feedback reports and Retreat West membership.

Judge: Women's Prize for Fiction longlisted author, Sophie van Llewyn

Entry fee: £10

Deadline: 31st May 2020


Get all the info here

Submit flash fiction stories on the theme to win cash prizes and get published on the website.

First prize: £200

Runner-up x 2: £100 each

Word count limit: 500

Theme: Bridges

Judge: Sandra Arnold

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Submit flash fiction stories on the theme to win cash prizes and get published on the website.


First prize: £200


Runner-up x 2: £100 each


Word count limit: 500


Theme: Music


Judge: FJ Morris


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Submit flash fiction stories on the theme to win cash prizes and get published on the website.

First prize: £200

Runner-up x 2: £100 each

Word count limit: 500

Theme: Glass

Judge: Amanda Huggins

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Submit short stories of 1500 to 3000 words to win cash prizes and publication in the annual paperback and ebook anthology with Retreat West Books.

Judge: Peter Jordan

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

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:Susmita Bhattacharya


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

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