The 2020-21 Competition Is Now Closed

Thank you to all of you who entered

The entries are all in!  The judges are now in the process of reading the stories and will select five to be short-listed in each of the four categories, along the winners and runners-up in each.

If you are an entrant, you will be notified if your story has been short-listed or not after the judging process is complete.

If you haven't watched the video of the Awards Ceremony from last October, it is still available on our YouTube channel here.

As always, please stay safe and take every precaution, for yourselves and for others, to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

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 always free of charge.

The workshops for the 2019-20 competition cycle are finished. Check back next fall for the 2020-21 workshop schedule.

Buy the 2021 book now!

This year's compilation of the competition's shortlisted stories, Short Stories from Strasbourg: Top 20 Short Stories from Strasbourg 2021, is now available for pre-order! Copies will b3e 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.

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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