2016-17 Winners Announced!

The Awards Ceremony for the 2016-17 Strasbourg Write a Story was held on Saturday, April 28, where the winning and second-place stories for each of the four categories were announced by the three judges.  Below is the list:

Under 18, Non-Native Speakers

“Saturday” by Anne CARBIENER - Winner

“The Artist” by Joshua DRANESAS – Runner Up

Under 18, Native Speakers

“The chipper flipper and the civil cynic save Sunnydale - sort of” by Hannah SMITH - Winner

“Acid Rain” by Estelle BRANNAN – Runner Up

18 and Over, Non-Native Speakers

“Do Panic. An Island Survival Guide” by Marlene JÄGER - Winner

“The End” by Jasmin HEISING – Runner Up

18 and Over, Native Speakers

“Unexplored Territory” by Mary GORMAN – Winner

“The Tick” by Mike WRAITH – Runner Up

The four winning stories will be published shortly on our website.  In the meantime, all 20 short-listed stories appear in this year's competition book, Short Stores from Strasbourg -- Top 20 Stories 2017, which is now available for purchase in our online store

The Competition Committee would like to thank all those who entered this year, and we invite you to return next year, newly inspired and with fresh ideas for your stories.

New Workships Available This Spring

The Competition Committee is pleased to announce that it is offering additional writing workshops this year.  The six workshops will be for teens 14-17 years of age and will begin on May 24.  These workshops are made available through the generosity of the U.S. Consulate in Strasbourg. 

You can sign up for one or all six workshops.  Each workshop will be conducted by Committee members Denise Donnio and Jen Rinterknecht and will cover a different topic that is fundament to good writing.   

For more information and to register, please go to our workshops page. 


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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