Entry Conditions

Entries should clearly yet creatively fulfil the purpose of the competition.

Stories entered into this competition must be true. They may be autobiographical or biographical. If they are biographical, you must gain permission from the person you are writing about. You may find this Biography Consent Form useful.

All writing must be the original work of entrants, and must not have been published or have won a prize in any literary competition, prior to the closing date, Saturday, 31 July 2021.

The word range for each category must be strictly adhered to.

Limit of one entry per person in each category. People may enter a story into multiple categories, provided their entries meets the requirements of each category and do not violate any of the other Entry Guidelines.

For an entry to be counted as valid, all relevant entry fees must be  paid in full.

All entries MUST be uploaded as a Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx) via the online submission form.

The text of your entry should be clearly legible and should not include illustrations. We suggest a plain, size 12 font (e.g. Times New Roman or Arial), 1.5 to double line spacing, and generous 3-4cm margins, left and right.

Please ensure each page is numbered and bears the TITLE ONLY of your story in the header or footer. Please do not include your name anywhere on your story. Personal details should only be supplied via the online submission form.

To submit your entry

Complete the online submission form relevant to the selected category. The online entry submission form will be available from April 2021 to 31 July 2021.

Please ensure that you attach your entry as a Microsoft Word document. Entries must be submitted before midnight of the closing date of Friday, 31 July 2021.

Shortlisted entries will be announced online (on the Competition website and via Facebook) prior to final judging. All winning and shortlisted entries will be included in our 2021 Stories of Life anthology.

Entry confers publication right to the stories of life publications and audio presentations. Copyright will remain with the individual author. However, Stories of Life reserves the right to reprint shortlisted and winning entries in future promotional publications with due acknowledgement of the original author.

Winners will be announced at the official launch of the Stories of Life anthology in November. All prize money will be paid by personal cheque or electronic funds transfer to the recipient’s nominated bank account.

Judges’ decisions are final and dispute thereof will not be entered into except in the case of a clear breach of the Entry Conditions.


Our 2021 anthology now available: The labyrinth and other stories of life