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.

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.


March 2022 theme: Forest


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.




June 2022 theme: Margins




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.


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.

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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