The Competition Is Now Closed

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Thank you to everyone who entered this year's competition.

The 2019 Awards Ceremony will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at the ARES in Strasbourg.

Remember, the four winning stories from the 2018 competition have been published on our website, and all 20 short-listed stories appear in this year's competition book, Short Stories from Strasbourg - Top 20 Stories 2018, which is now available for purchase in our online store.

Writing workshops

Workshops for the 2018-19 competition cycle have now been scheduled! 

Starting in September, the SXB Write A Story competition will once again be offering a series of workshops 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 designed to teach, guide, and inspire the writer within.  The workshops are free of charge. 

To see the workshop schedule and to register for one or more workshops, please click here.  Places are limited so register today!

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 and children.

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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