PLEASE NOTE: The September maximum word count is 1000 - The October contest maximum word count will be 1500

Rules & Guidelines


Category: Short Story
Words: Maximum 1500 (excluding title)
The word limit may vary during from month to month, check the rules for the particular contest
Theme: No set theme or subject matter, write what you like to write!
Opens: 1st Monthly
Closes: Last day of the month
Winners Announced: 10th monthly
Entry Fee: Free to Enter
Prize: £30.00 for Best Story + Publication
Selected stories also published
Submit one story in an attachment via EMAIL
In the body of the email, type your name, title of your story and the word count.


Please attach your manuscript, with no identifying marks, in one of the following formats:
.doc, .docx, .rtf, .txt
Please do not send Poetry
Please do not use fancy fonts, colours or images
​Please do not send .PNG files
Please do not send .PDF files
Please do not send .Pages files
​Place no identifying marks on the manuscript you attach

Stories must be typed in English
Stories must be original and previously unpublished
Once you have submitted your story you can make minor edits up until the closing date
​We do not accept simultaneous submissions
Place no identifying marks on the manuscript you upload
Please do not send poetry, use fancy fonts, images, colours 
Please do not send .png files

Copyright remains with the author

 By sending in a competition entry you are agreeing with the terms and conditions stated here:

It's important to note that you still own the copyright to everything you contribute to Secret Attic. This means you are perfectly free to take what you have written and re-publish it somewhere else.

In contributing to Secret Attic you agree to grant the Secret Attic website a perpetual, non-exclusive right and licence to publish your contribution on the website as well as to publish and distribute your contribution, at our sole discretion, as part of any compilation work that Secret Attic may choose to produce in any format.