Thank you all for a wonderful 2018-2019 competition cycle!

We're now looking ahead to year seven of the competition

The 2018-2019 competition cycle came to a finale at the Awards Ceremony, which was held on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at the ARES in Strasbourg.  The following is a list of the winners and runners-up in each category. Click on the word "Winner" in each category to read an excerpt from that category's winning story.

All 20 shortlisted stories have been compiled in our annual compilation, which is now available in our online store, along with past volumes of shortlisted stories.

Under 18 Non-native

Mirage by Dali SHAIPOV - Winner

The Water's Silence by Apolline ANCEL - Runner-up

Under 18 Native

Maple by Claire RINTERKNECHT - Winner

Montreal by Laura ten BERGE - Runner-up

18 and Over Non-native

A Sweet Tale of Lonely Souls by Lisa DUPUIS - Winner

Garfield by Felizitas Fischer - Runner-up

18 and over Native

Never Forget by Cathie Burton - Winner

My Funny Valentine by Marise BOYLAN - Runner-up


Buy the 2019 book now!

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

Writing workshops

Workshops for the 2018-19 competition cycle have been completed.  Thanks to all of you who attended our workshops in Strasbourg, Karlsruhe, and Freiburg.  We hope that they proved to be helpful to you in connecting to the writer within.

For those of you who haven't attended a workshop, 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 but would like to, check back in a few months for news on workshops for the 2019-2020 competition cycle. Based on this past year's experience, it's advisable to register as early as possible because places are limited and they can go fast.

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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