Frequently Asked Questions about the Newcastle Short Story Award



How many times can I enter?

As many as you wish. One entry = one payment

There seemed to be something wrong when I uploaded my piece

We have received reports that some internet browsers do not load the entry form fully. This is a problem within your browser. Try changing to another internet browser – we recommend Chrome or Safari.

I want to pay by credit card - I do not have a Paypal account

Paypal allows you to pay by credit card within their system – you do not  need to have a Paypal account to do this.

Can I use a pseudonym instead of my real name?

Yes you can but you will be asked on the entry form to also supply your real name – this will never be revealed to third parties.

Is there an exact style and format you require?

We only accept .doc, .docx, .pdf file format. Spacing and font size is your choice.

Can I submit a piece I have submitted in the past?

If you have a piece of writing that has been published previously, no. If it has been written and submitted but not published, yes. If it has won an award but not published, yes.

What does 'published' mean?

This means any form of publication – printed or online including blog entries etc. A piece written for a writing course (but not published) is acceptable.

Are titles, sub-titles, dedications and other 'extras' included in the word count?

Yes! Stick to the word limit to avoid being disqualified.

If my name appears on my work or in my filename is it disqualified?

Yes. The most common mistake entrants make is putting their name on the work or in the filename.

What other aspects may cause my work to be disqualified?

Going over the word limit; not submitting the correct file format – we only accept .pdf and .doc and docx; not submitting before the deadline.

Other tips:

Check spelling mistakes – have a friend read it to check your spelling.

What if the piece is written for a child to read?

The history of the project is that we publish works written for adult readers.

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