The Competition is on hiatus for 2022

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Since 2014, the SXB Write A Story Organising Committee has provided writers of all ages in the Strasbourg area with the opportunity to exercise and improve their craft through its yearly competition and the various writing workshops it has sponsored. After eight competition cycles, the committee has decided to take a sabbatical for 2022.

Our website will, of course, remain open so that you can read past winning stories, purchase past anthologies of our shortlisted stories, and keep updated on our plans for future competitions. You may also keep updated by joining our mailing list. Simply write us at

In the meantime, you can still free the writer within through the many writing competitions that are available elsewhere. A useful resource for competitions is Writers Online magazine, which sponsors several open and subscriber-only writing competitions throughout the year. Writers Online also publishes thousands of announcements from other competitions that provide span a variety of genres and themes. We encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities to further stretch your creative muscles.


Writing workshops

For those of you who haven't attended one of the writing workshops t1hat 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 typically free of charge when we have managed to secure sponsorship.

The workshops for the 2020-21 competition cycle are now finished. Please join our mailing list for news of writing circles and any possible workshops.

Buy the 2021 book now!

This year's compilation of the competition's shortlisted stories, Short Stories from Strasbourg Top 20 Stories 2021, is now available for pre-order! Copies will be available on April 17. For more information and to pre-order your copy, go to our online store.

And don't forget that you can likewise order the compilations from years two through six on 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.

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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