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.

Our 2019 charity anthology is supporting Indigo Volunteers who connect volunteers with the projects that need them for no fees. Find out more about them here:  https://indigovolunteers.org/ 

Submit flash fictions and short stories on the theme of 'Help' up to 3,000 words (no minimum). 

You can see our previous charity anthologies, one of which just received a special mention in the 2019 Saboteur Awards, here:  https://retreatwestbooks.com/charities/ 

Write a max 350 word flash fiction from the photo prompt to win one of 3 prizes:

 

  • 1st Prize: A place on the group online Fantastic Flashing Course (3-16th June 2019)
  • 2nd Prize: The start anytime work alone online Fantastic Flashing Course
  • 3rd Prize: 2 Writing Maps - The Description Writing Map and The Voice and Point of View Writing Map


Get all the info on the website:  https://www.retreatwest.co.uk/comp-flash-writing-maps/

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: Wind

Deadline: 30th June 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 yourwriting, submitting and published more often. Join our writing community here.

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.

Retreat West Books is open to submission of novels, short story collections and memoirs.

Get all info on the website: http://retreatwestbooks.com/submissions
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