The 2019-2020 Competition Is Now Closed

Thank you to everyone who submitted a story.

The 2019-2020 competition is now closed!  The Organising Committee will be submitting the stories to our judges, who will review them and send us the results.

In the meantime, we have one more workshop left in this competition cycle.  Please go to the workshop schedule for more information and to register.

The Organising Committee is looking forward to seeing the results of your hard work!


Writing workshops

For those of you who haven't attended one of the writing workshops that the competition offers, they are designed to give your writing a little boost and help you to get a head start on your story for the competition.  They are geared towards adults, whether native or non-native speakers, and are meant to teach, guide, and inspire you, the writer.  The workshops are always free of charge.

Whether you've attended several workshops or none at all, check out the schedule of workshops for this year on our Workshops page.  Based on past years' experience, it's advisable to register as early as possible because places are limited and they can go fast.

Buy the 2019 book now!

This year's compilation of the competition's shortlisted stories, Top 20 Short Stories from Strasbourg 2019, is available for purchase! For more information and to order your copy, go to our online store.

And don't forget that you can likewise order the compilations from years  two through five of the competition at our online store. (Unfortunately, copies of the first year's compilation are no longer available.)


Free the writer within!

A coalition of English speaking associations, representing British, Irish, American and other international communities in Strasbourg, has come together to set up an English short story competition. Our aim is to encourage emerging literary talent and to promote understanding, cooperation and achievement through the English language in Strasbourg, throughout Alsace and the surrounding regions.

The competition is open to everyone, regardless of nationality or native language. There are junior and adult categories (17 and under, 18 years and over), for both native and non-native speakers.

More about the competition...


Previous Competitions

The judges have the challenging task of selecting the 20 short-listed stories and then determining the winners and runners-up in each of the four categories.

Read winning stories by year

Writing workshops

Thanks to the generosity of the United States Embassy in Paris and the U.S. Consul General in Strasbourg we are delighted to offer potential contestants and others the opportunity to exercise their creativity and learn more about the craft of writing through a series of writing workshops for adults.

See workshop dates here

Buy the Book!

Each year we produce a book containing the 20 short-listed stories from the competition.

Order your copy here!


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