The 2020-21 Winners Are Announced!

Thank you to all the short-listed entrants.

The 2021 Awards Ceremony was held on April 17, once again via Zoom due to the pandemic restrictions. Congratulations to all our finalists, including category winners and runners up. Well done to you all on a great achievement! Many thanks to all the judges, workshop leaders and committee members who made the competition and award ceremony happen. A recording of the event is now available on our YouTube channel, SXB Write A Story.

The book of winning entries has been released and is now available for purchase, along with books from past competitions, here in our website's bookstore. Not yet persuaded to buy this year's book? Then take a look at excerpts from the 2021 winning stories and perhaps you'll change your mind!

Below are the short-listed entries, winners, and runners-up, by category.

Under Eighteen - Native English Speaker
The Time Traveller Named Zuri by Edoardo BROWN
Cherries by Inès KAUFFMANN — WINNER
Fly With Me by Isabella LOTVONEN
The Beginning: Destiny Unfolds by Dhruv REDDI

Under Eighteen - Non-Native English Speaker
Million Dollar Man by Sarah FUKS — WINNER
Maze Without Exit by Danilo GERDIJAN
A Stain of Paint by Ekaterina JGENTI — RUNNER-UP
Document One by Fahad RAJA MUHAMMAD
You Are Lucky by Lilia SCHNEIDER

Adult - Native English Speaker
A Story of Mary Mellon by Kelly J. AVON
The Vigil by Adrian BUTLER — WINNER
Send in the Clowns by Jody GOCH
Cha Cha Cha by Charlotte STURGESS — RUNNER-UP
Invasion of the Moths by Mike WRAITH

Adult - Non-Native English Speaker
He Saw Heaven by Karin EHRET — JOINT RUNNER-UP
A Bridge in the Himalayas by Felizitas FISCHER
Widow to the Court by Cornelia KLEIN — WINNER
Another Mask by Oliver UBANELL — JOINT RUNNER-UP
Western Definitions by Stèphanie WILDESHAUS

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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