Frome Festival Short Story Competition 2021 is now open and entries of 1000-2200 words are invited on any theme.

We were delighted to receive so many excellent stories in 2020 and to feel connected with so many writers all over the UK and beyond. You may read the winning entries by clicking on the links below.

Frome Festival is going ahead this year and the competition prize-giving will be held on ECOS, Frome’s Merlin Theatre’s outdoor stage.  This year we are also able to offer an additional prize for a local writer aged under 21. The closing date is 31st May as usual. Please see Rules for full details.

Our guest judge this year is Frome-based writer, Frances Liardet, author of the acclaimed 2019 novel  ‘We Must Be Brave’.

We look forward to reading your work! 

2020 winners:


First, second and third prize winners and local winners. Click here»

Get in touch

We’re always happy to talk through the Short Story Competition in more detail. So if you would like to find out more please get in touch»

Rules and Prize Details

The Frome Short Story Competition is an international competition open to all unpublished and published writers. Find out more»
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