Short Story Competition Winner

We’d like to thank everyone for entering our first short story competition. We very much enjoyed reading your entries and appreciate your support.
Without further ado, we are pleased to announce that the winner is:

James Turner with his story entitled “13th May 2007”

We would also like to mention Barbara Woodhams, whose story had us in stitches and is thus Highly Commended.

James’ story will feature at both of our upcoming Storytelling for Grownups evenings, taking place in Folkestone (May 19th) and Faversham (May 20th). As his prize, James receives two tickets to the venue of his choice, plus a cut of the profit from both events.

We’d love to meet all the entrants (plus their extended family, friends, work colleagues, vague acquaintances etc), so if you’re free on either evening, tickets are available online or on the door:

Storytelling for Grown Ups (Folkestone) May 19th
Storytelling for Grown Ups (Faversham) May 20th

Short Story Competition For Kent Writers

We’re busy planning our next live storytelling event and we want you to be part of it! We’re looking for a new short story or monologue that we can perform at our May event, which will be taking place in both Faversham and Folkestone.

The rules are fairly simple (full Ts and Cs at the end of this post):

  • You need to live in Kent to enter
  • Your story or monologue must be no more than 2,000 words long
  • You must take your inspiration from our theme: “May”
  • You must pay the entry fee of £4 via
  • You must submit your entry by midnight GMT on April 30th

The theme is purposely vague, to encourage a wide range of entries. Think: May Day, Mayday (as in SOS), May, Maybe, Theresa May. Well, perhaps not the last one…

Entries need to be in by April 30th. Please send an email to with the subject “May Short Story Competition”. Please include your name, mobile number and story title in the email, but do not put your name on the story itself so that we can read them anonymously. The competition is £4 to enter.

The winner will have their story or monologue read at both events and receive a cut of the profits (sadly never massive, but it’s still payment for writing!). The winner will also get two free tickets for the venue of their choice (venues and dates to be confirmed shortly).

Quick! Get writing!

Full Terms & Conditions

Entries may take the form of a short story or monologue.

2,000 words maximum, no minimum. The title is not included in the word count.

All entries are judged anonymously: do not include your name on the document.

All entries should be on the loose theme of “May”. Interpret this as you see fit.

No erotica please.

Entrants may submit as many stories or monologues as they wish, as long as the fee is paid for each entry.

Entrants may withdraw entries from the competition by notification in writing; entry fees will not be refunded.

The deadline date for entries is 12 midnight (UK time) on April 30th 2017.

The Competition is open to writers residing in the county of Kent only.

Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and by submitting you are confirming that the work is your own. Any evidence to the contrary will result in immediate disqualification.

Entries must never have been published, self-published, published on any website, blog or online forum, broadcast nor winning or placed in any other competition.

If your entry has been longlisted or shortlisted in other competitions, and provided it has not won a prize or been published, then it is eligible for the Competition.

Simultaneous submissions are allowed but will become ineligible should they win a prize or be published prior to the prizegiving date; entry fees will not be refunded. You must inform Hand of Doom Productions immediately should your entry be published or win a prize elsewhere.

Entries submitted posthumously will not be eligible.

The entry fee is £4 per story or monologue submitted payable via

Entries must be in English.

Entries to be double-spaced and a word count noted at the top of the first page.

Entries must show no name, address or identifying marks other than the title.

The filename of online entries must be the title of the entry and it must be either a .doc, .docx, .rtf, .wps, .pdf or .txt file.

Amendments cannot be made to entries after they have been submitted, nor substitutions made. If entrants wish to correct errors they must submit a new entry, marked ‘Final Version’ on the title page, and enter again with payment of the entry fee. No correspondence or discussion about amendments will be entered into.

Entries are confirmed by the email receipt of your payment to PayPal.

The winner will be contacted by the judges in early May. If you do not hear from us by the date of the first event, it means your entry has not been selected on this occasion.

Worldwide copyright of each entry remains with the author, but Hand of Doom Productions will have the unrestricted right to publish the winning story or monologue, (including Highly Commendeds), in any relevant promotional material.

The judges’ decision is final and no individual correspondence can be entered into.

Judges are unable to comment on individual entries.

Judging is fair and unbiased. Experienced readers assist the named judges in selecting the shortlists.

The prize is a reading of the winning entry at two live storytelling events in Faversham and Folkestone. In addition, the winner will receive two complimentary tickets to the event of their choice, plus a proportion of any profit made from ticket sales.

Hand of Doom Productions reserves the right to amend these rules where it is deemed necessary to do so. Any changes to the rules will be posted on the Hand of Doom Productions website.