Short Story Competition: Prescot Festival Offers Literary Challenge during the Lockdown

By on Tuesday, April 21, 2020

(Via Prescot Festival) With gatherings and events being postponed nationwide at the moment, a Merseyside town has decided that one aspect of its summer arts festival can go ahead as planned—lockdown or no lockdown.

Organisers of the Prescot Festival of Music & the Arts will press on with their annual Short Story Competition, and have announced that ‘Dreams’ will be this year’s theme, opening a world of creative possibilities to prospective authors.Now in its ninth year, the writing contest offers a £100 prize for the winner. Previous winning entries have included tales of wedded bliss gone awry, a whimsical wheelbarrow race with an elderly relative, and a haunting encounter at Lime Street Station.

The contest is open to all unpublished fiction writers in the six boroughs of Knowsley, St Helens, Sefton, Halton, Wirral and Liverpool. There’s a 1,000 upper word limit but no minimum wordcount.

In a change to previous years’ requirements, submissions are invited via email rather than by post. The deadline is Friday 29 May 2020. The full rules are online at

The Prescot Festival of Music & the Arts was founded in 2005 in the historic Lancashire town of Prescot, Merseyside. The organisers continue to keep festival audiences up-to-date and occasionally entertained through their official website,, and their Facebook and Twitter pages.

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