Win a holiday with your short story in the Limnisa Short Story Competition 2020.

Our international contest is free, open worldwide and for short stories up to 1000 words.


The subject should be loosely inspired by the text and/or picture below. We’re looking for writing with spark and conviction.


The Limnisa Short Story Competition 2020 is open to anyone (18 or older) worldwide (except friends of the judges).




1st Prize: One week Writers’ Retreat in 2020 or 2021 at seaside location near Agios Georgios, Methana, Greece.

All inclusive: Full board, 7 nights accommodation in single room, optional yoga sessions, literary evening, use of all Limnisa facilities: beach, bikes, international library etc.

2nd and 3rd Prize: 50 % discount on the Writers’ Retreat (see above).

2 Runners up: 25% discount on the Writers’ Retreat  (see above).

(Prizes do not include travel to Limnisa and are not transferable. They are valid only in 2020 and 2021.)


Sunday MARCH 29, 2020


  1. Open to anyone (18 or older) worldwide (except friends of the judges). Only one story per person.
  2. Submit as a PDF in Arial or Times New Roman, preferably size 14, without either headers or footers. The title should be at the top but please only put your name at the END of the story, along with your email address.
  3. Your entry to the Limnisa Short Story Competition 2020 must be sent to as an attached file. Your covering email should mention the title of your story and your full name and email address. Your entry is FREE but please provide a link to your Social Media to show you have shared news of Limnisa and the competition.
  4. You will receive an automated reply to your submission. Don’t worry, we won’t lose it and will read it, PROVIDED you have complied with the instructions above.   We regret we cannot always reply to personal questions relating to the competition or accept alterations to your submission.
  5. Judges are anonymous but include published authors and a publishers’ editor as well as a cross section of general readers. Their verdict will be final.
  6. Optional – for a fee of £35 we offer a professional evaluation of your story. If you would like to have this please mention it in your covering email when you send in your story. Submit the £35 to via PayPal.
  7. Results will be announced on 15 June 2020
  8. Winners will be contacted by e-mail
  9. Winning stories will be posted on only with the author’s consent.
  10. All copyrights remain with the author


See the competition page for more information.