The 2018 Winners Announced!

The Organizing Committee is pleased to announce the winners and runners-up of the 2018 SXB Write A Story competition, which were formally announced at the annual Awards Ceremony held on Saturday, April 14, 2018, at the Munsterhof in Strasbourg.  You can view pictures of the event here.

You can read each of the winning stories online by clicking here.  Once you do, we hope that you will be inspired to visit our online bookstore and purchase a copy of this year's competition book containing all 20 short-listed stories.


Under Eighteen - Native English Speaker

Roderick by Eliza OVEY - Winner

Ringmaster by Megan CAIRNEY - Runner Up


Under Eighteen – Non-Native English Speaker

Beneath The Willow by Caterina FERRE WUCHNER - Winner

Time watch by Apolline ANCEL - Runner-Up


Over Eighteen - Native English Speaker

Star of the Sea by Marise BOYLAN - Winner

Dust by Roger BONNER - Runner Up


Over Eighteen - Non-Native English Speaker

Flakes of inklings by Rebecca NEMORIN - Winner

On the Other Side by Laure JENATTON - Runner Up


Writing workshops

The sixth and final writing workshop for this year took place on April 14.  But the Organizing Committee will certainly be scheduling more for the next competition cycle in the coming months.

These workshops 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 designed to teach, guide, and inspire the writer within.  

Check back here starting in September for the schedule of workshops for the next competition.


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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