{Prompts at Clean Prose}

Each term, we hold a number of events, workshops and masterclasses that explore a variety of topics and themes. Throughout the year guest speakers at all our events will provide a prompt for our short fiction competition. 

Writers will be given a deadline to produce a piece of short fiction around this prompt and submit it to Clean Prose.

 Our panel will choose the winners, who will each receive a 5xDay Pass to Clean Prose and a free ticket to another event at Clean Prose. 

{No Prompt? No Problem}
We love a good prompt, but we know they’re not for everyone. If you have a story that doesn’t follow one of the prompts you can still submit it to the Clean Prose UnPrompted Short Fiction Competition, which will be running parallel to Prompts at Clean Prose

This competition follows all the same rules and guidelines as Prompts, but the competition runs all year. The winners of Prompts at Clean Prose are eligible for consideration for this prize.

{The Prizes}

Prompts at Clean Prose winners will each receive a 5xDay Pass and a free ticket to another event at Clean Prose. Their stories will also be entered into the UnPrompted Short Fiction competition, which includes a grand prize of a year’s Unlimited Membership to Clean Prose. Find out more on our UnPrompted at Clean Prose page.

The winners of the Prompts competitions will be announced at our annual Christmas party in December. All of the winners and some highly commended writers will be included in The Clean Prose Short Fiction Anthology 2020, to be published on our website.

{The Details}

Wordcount: 750-1500 words

Deadline: The prompts will be announced after each event, and writers will have 3 weeks from this date to submit their stories. Click on the relevant Event below for details of individual prompts and deadlines.

The deadline for UnPrompted stories is Sunday 25th October at 3pm.

Formatting: All text to be 12 point, Times New Roman, 1.5 line spacing 

How to enter: Email your submission as a word document or pdf to write@cleanprose.co.uk with either Prompts submission or UnPrompted submission as your subject line. 

In the body of the email, please include your name, the writing prompt your work is based on and the title of your story. 

Do not paste your submission in the body of the email.

The stories will be judged blind, do not include your name anywhere in your submission document.

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Detective Fiction Prompt 2020 - Open Now
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Can I enter more than once?

Yes. You may enter the competition multiple times, but we will only accept one submission per person for each individual prompt. You may enter the UnPrompted competition as many times as you wish.

Can I enter a story that has already been published elsewhere?

No. We only accept unpublished fiction. This includes self-published work and work that has been published online.

Do I have to have attended the event to enter?

No. Prompts is open to anyone! You don’t have to have been to the event, as long as you respond to the prompt. But you might find it useful to check our website, blog and social media to find out more about what you might have missed.

Can I submit work in another language?

No, please only submit stories written in English.

Can I enter under a pen name?

Sure. You can enter under a nom de plume but please ensure that your legal name is included in your email so that we are able to contact you.

Can I submit work that I have also submitted to another competition?

You may submit a story that is already under consideration for another prize, but please let us know if you have been successful elsewhere, and your story will be withdrawn.

When will the winners be announced?

The shortlisted writers will be announced at the end of November, and they will be invited to join us at our annual Christmas party in December, where the winners will be announced.

Can I enter my story into both competitions?

No. If your story follows one of the Prompts, please only enter it into the Prompts competition. The winning Prompts stories will automatically be considered for the UnPrompted Prize.

Can I enter both competitions with different stories?

Yes, we’d love to read as many stories as you’d like to enter!