Writers’ Retreat UK

Short Story Competition – Now  CLOSED

Watch out for our next competition!

Win this unique, original acrylic painting AND a free stay at Writers’ Retreat UK!

Our short story competition is back for 2023 with some great prizes. The theme for this competition is a picture prompt. Write a story inspired by the original painting, titled: Santorini.


Your story should have a minimum of 250 words and a maximum of 1000 words (word counts outside of this cannot win!). The story can be any genre, as long as it relates to the picture prompt.


  • 1st – The original painting, Santorini plus a free place on a Writers’ Retreat UK 3-night retreat.
  • 2nd – £50, plus 50% discount on any stay at Writers’ Retreat UK.
  • 3rd – £25, plus 25% discount on any stay at Writers’ Retreat UK.
  • 6 additional merit prizes of £15 will be awarded, plus a 15% discount on any stay at Writers’ Retreat UK.
  • 15 further stories will be shortlisted and will receive a 15% discount on any stay at Writers’ Retreat UK.

All winning and shortlisted stories will be published on the Writers’ Retreat UK website.

Each individual entry costs an admin fee of £10 per story. You are welcome to enter more than one story, with an entry fee for each.

The final deadline is 5pm (BST) 31st March, 2023.

  • 18th January, 2023 – Competition opens for entries
  • 31st  March, 2023 – Entries close
  • 21st April, 2023 – Winners and shortlisted stories announced

Please read our competition terms and conditions.

We also run a regular caption competition on our Facebook page, with some lovely prizes.

Why do we charge an admin fee?  We are a small company looking to give a great opportunity for writers to win some great prizes. Without the admin fee, we cannot cover the expenses of the judges or offer such great cash and discount prizes.  We appreciate your support.