The 2020-21 Competition Is Now Open!

You have until February 12, 2021 to enter.

Enter your story now!

The Organizing Committee is pleased to announce that the 2020-21 SXB Write A Story Competition is now open. The deadline for the submission of stories will be midnight on the evening of Friday, 12 February 2021. You may read how to enter and access the entry form here.

And don't forget, leading up to the deadline, we have a great slate of workshops that will help you to free the writer within and get your story ready to submit.  Registration for the workshops is now open, and you can register here.

If you haven't watched the video of the Awards Ceremony, you can do so now on our YouTube channel here.

Finally, the Awards Ceremony this cycle will be held on Saturday, 17 April 2021.

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 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.

Registration for the workshops is now open. To register, please go to our Workshops page.

Buy the 2020 book now!

This year's compilation of the competition's shortlisted stories, Short Stories from Strasbourg: Top 20 Short Stories from Strasbourg 2020, 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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