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Short Story Writing Competition


Our competition is growing fast. We received double the number of entries compared to our inaugural competition. Thanks to all of you who entered this time. We really appreciate your support.

Here are the results of our summer competition.


Next Competition:

We run two competitions each year. Our winter 2017/18 competition will be launched at the start of January 2018 and will close at the end of March 2018.

Bookmark this page and set a reminder to revisit at the start of January to find out the theme. And tell your writing friends too via social media.

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Previous Short Story Competitions & Results

Winter 2016/17 Competition

Winner & Runners Up

Entrants were asked to submit uplifting short stories which involved someone getting finance/a loan for a very specific purpose

You can read the winning entries and the judges' comments here.

Summer 2017 Competition

Winner & Runners Up

Entrants were asked to submit a short story of 1000 to 2000 words on the theme of "coins".

You can read the winning entries and the judges' comments here.



The winner will receive £200 and publication on the Solution Loans website, with £50 and publication for three runners-up.

How To Enter:

We’re looking for short stories with the theme of "coins". Stories should be works of fiction, not personal accounts or experiences. You may choose to interpret the theme however you wish.

Send us your story, between 1000 to 2000 words, in a single doc, docx, txt or pdf file to with the subject heading:

Solution Loans Summer 2017 short story competition

Competition Closing Date:

Your entry must be submitted before midnight on

Saturday 30th September 2017

Entries will not be accepted after this date.

See the full terms & conditions below.

Terms & Conditions:

  1. Eligibility

Entry is open to UK writers aged 18 or over. Entries must be the original and unpublished work of the entrant and not currently submitted for publication or for any other competition or award. Only one entry per person. Entrants retain copyright in their manuscripts.

  1. Entry Fees

The writing competition is free to enter.

  1. Manuscripts

Manuscripts can be uploaded in doc, docx, pdf and txt formats.

Short story manuscripts - please lay out your entry with a front page showing your name, address, phone number and email address. Please also give the story title and word count.

  1. Writing Competition Judging

Competition judges will be appointed by Solution Loans and their decision will be final. No correspondence will be entered into.

  1. Notification

Winners will be notified within two months of closing date after which date unplaced entries may be submitted elsewhere. Winning entries may not be submitted elsewhere for twelve months after that date without permission of Solution Loans who retain the right to publish winning entries in any form during those twelve months.

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