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Retreat West Books (Winner Most Innovative Publisher 2020 Saboteur Awards) publishes short story collections, novels and memoirs.

Ends on This opportunity will close after 250 submissions have been received.

Happy 10th Birthday Anthology

To celebrate the 10th Birthday of Retreat West, we're publishing an anthology of flash fictions on the theme of 10.

The anthology will feature stories from some of the Retreat West Books authors and winners of our competitions over the years: Amanda Huggins, Jan Kaneen, FJ Morris, Jude Higgins, Michael Loveday, Sara Hills and Matt Kendrick. But the majority of stories will come through open submissions.

The anthology will be celebrating all the different ways that flash has developed over the years and there's room for traditional narrative style flashes alongside the more experimental.

Each contributor will receive a paperback copy of the book when it is published and be eligible for consideration in the 2022 Retreat West Awards.

We can't wait to read your stories and celebrate our milestone with you!


Submission Guidelines

  • Minimum word count: 100 (title not included)
  • Maximum word count: 500 (title not included)
  • Submission deadline: 28th November 2021
  • Submit stories written in English by 23.59 GMT on the deadline date.
  • Please include a word count on the story document.
  • Stories must be your own original work and not have been published online or in print.

The Retreat West Novelette-in-Flash Prize 2021


Submit your novelette-in-flash (max 8000 words) to win cash prizes and get published in a paperback and ebook anthology by award-winning Retreat West Books.
Judge: Mary-Jane Holmes, winner of the 2020 Bath Novella-in-Flash Award.
Entry fee: £14 or £124 with detailed feedback on the novelette submitted
Deadline: 28th November 2021

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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

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2021 Short Story Prize
£2.00 - 60.00
£2.00 - 60.00

Submit short stories of 1000 to 2500 words to win cash prizes and publication in the annual paperback and ebook anthology with Retreat West Books (Winner: Most Innovative Publisher 2020 Saboteur Awards).

Judge: Kirsty Logan

  • 1st Prize: £400
  • 2nd Prize: £250
  • 3rd Prize: £150
  • Shortlisted: £20


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Ends on £2.00 - 35.00
£2.00 - 35.00

Submit flash fictions of 151 to 500 words to win cash prizes and publication in the annual paperback and ebook anthology with Retreat West Books (Winner: Most Innovative Publisher 2020 Saboteur Awards).

Judge: Michelle Elvy

  • 1st Prize: £350
  • 2nd Prize: £200
  • 3rd Prize: £100
  • Shortlisted: £15

See the full competition info here.

Ends on £2.00 - 20.00
£2.00 - 20.00

Submit micro fictions of up to 150 words to win cash prizes and publication in the annual paperback and ebook anthology with Retreat West Books (Winner: Most Innovative Publisher 2020 Saboteur Awards).

Judge: Tim Craig

  • 1st Prize: £200
  • 2nd Prize: £200
  • 3rd Prize: £50
  • Shortlisted: £10

See the full competition info here.

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