Enter Our Short Story Competition

The Barnes Literary Society is holding a short story competition, open to all. We would like you to submit a 300 word short story, in prose or poetry form, entitled Almost Too Late. The winner will receive £50 and second and third places £25. Judges will compile a short list of 12 entries which will be read to an audience at a prize giving event in June. Winning entries plus entries commended by the judges will be compiled into an anthology.

The judges will be looking to see how your story matches the theme and how you interpret the theme.


Use the form below to upload your entry which should be clearly marked with your name and contact details at the bottom of the script so that it can be concealed from the judges. Entries must be accompanied by a payment of £10 – just use the pay now button below on the entry form.

The closing date for entries is 28 April 2020.


Judges are Roger McGough, award-winning poet, Jenny Hartley, former Head of Creative Writing at Roehampton University, Fiona Smith, founder of the BLS, Jane Skerrett, former Chair of the BLS.


All the money raised from the competition will go to the Castelnau Community Centre. The centre provides social support for people of all ages and is a hugely valuable community hub. You can read more about their work here.