Bazaar has celebrated original fiction within its pages since its foundation, having published the work of everyone from Virginia Woolf and Thomas Hardy to, more recently, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Ali Smith. Continuing this literary legacy, we are once again launching our annual short-story competition, the Harper’s Bazaar short-story competition 2020 has a stellar judging panel that includes the 2019 Booker Prize-winner Bernardine Evaristo, the editor-in-chief of Bloomsbury Publishing Alexandra Pringle, the literary agent Caroline Michel and our contributing literary editor Erica Wagner.


The theme of Harper’s Bazaar short-story competition 2020 is ‘Summer’.


The competition is open to individuals aged 18 and over, published or unpublished.


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The winner of the Harper’s Bazaar short-story competition 2020 will receive a two-night stay at the historic Grantley Hall in Yorkshire, and the chance to see their work published.


The competition closes at midnight on 13 March 2020. Stories received after the closing date will not be considered.


To enter the Harper’s Bazaar short-story competition 2020 , send an original, unpublished short story, written in English on the subject of ‘Summer’ and of up to 2,200 words, to

The winner will be selected by a panel of judges and will be based on literary merit, originality and readability.

The prize is subject to availability and must be taken within one year of winning the prize. There is no cash alternative and the prize is non-transferable and cannot be extended. It does not include travel to and from the hotel.

This competition is not open to any employees of Hearst, the promoter or their immediate families, the promoter’s advertising agency and sales-promotion consultancy, or anyone else connected with the creation and administration of the competition.

Only one competition entry, fulfilling the eligibility requirements above, will be accepted per person.

Once selected, only the winner(s) will be contacted personally by email, using the contact details provided upon entry.

Entry to the competition and acceptance of the prize constitutes permission to use any entrant’s name, image and any competition-entry photograph, for promotional and/or editorial purposes in any format in print and non-print media without additional consultation.

Winners will be notified by 28 June 2020.

Entrants to the Harper’s Bazaar short-story competition 2020 hereby grant to Hearst a worldwide, irrevocable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, perpetual licence to distribute, publish or syndicate the entry in all present and future media formats and may be required to sign additional terms to effect this.

Hearst reserves the right to exclude late, incomplete or multiple registrations, or registrations made by third parties or agents. Hearst Magazines does not accept any responsibility for late or lost entries


See website for full terms and conditions.