Cornish Writing Challenge

Now extended until 10th of June 2017! 

To whet your appetite for this year’s Cornish Reading Challenge, we’re holding a short story competition! You’ve got until May 13th to choose your book for the reading challenge. Read on to find out how to enter the writing competition.

The Challenge

The writing challenge will run from April 16th 2017 until May 27th 2017, the end of the Cornish Reading Challenge. Entrants must choose one of the four pictures below, and write a short story (under 1500 words) about it. The central theme is, of course, Cornwall, but other than that, there are no restrictions on content. Full rules and conditions can be found at the bottom of this post.

Simply choose one image above, and centre your story around it. The story must either be based in Cornwall, or feature a Cornish main character. 

To enter, you can email your submission to, or submit via the contact form below. Your personal information should not appear in the main body of your submission.

The Prize

The winner will have their story published in Frost Magazine, and will also be interviewed on The Bandwagon. Runners-up will have their stories published on The Bandwagon, with a short Q&A. All submissions will be acknowledged by email, but only winners will be contacted directly. Winners will be announced within 1 month of the closing date.

The Judges

Catherine Balavage started her writing career at a precocious age, winning her first poetry competition when she was in her teens. Her first professional writing job was reviewing theatre. She has now published four books and is working on another four. She is the founder and editor of Frost Magazine and lives in London with her husband and son.

Angela Britnell grew up in Cornwall and after meeting her American husband travelled extensively before settling in Nashville, Tennessee. A short creative writing class (taken to escape her 3 lively sons) ignited her passion for writing contemporary romance and she’s now multi-published in every length story from short stories for women’s magazines to full length novels.

Author Jane Cable‘s debut novel The Cheesemaker’s House was a finalist in the Alan Titchmarsh Show’s People’s Novelist competition, and won Words for the Wounded Independent Book of the Year 2015.

Vikki Patis runs The Bandwagon blog, a place for all things fiction, feminism, and fibromyalgia. Her collection of short stories, Weltanschauung, was published last year.

The Rules

Do take note of these rules, as any stories that do not adhere to them will not be accepted.

Please read the rules carefully before entering.

1. Closing date for receipt of entries is June 10th 2017 at midnight BST.

2. Entrants must be over 16 years old on the closing date. 

3. The maximum length of submissions is 1,500 words (does not include title), there is no minimum length. Stories can be on any theme or subject but must be inspired by one of the photographs of Cornwall published above. Entrants should indicate which photograph in the covering email/message with their entry.

4. The 2017 Bandwagon Cornish Writing Challenge is open to all published and unpublished writers. There is no geographical restriction on entry. Entries must be made online by emailing stories to (or using the form above) in Word document, pdf, or equivalent. Writers may format their work in the way they feel is most appropriate – we do not specify any particular format for submissions.

5. Authors may enter only one story.

6. Entries will not be returned. No corrections or alterations can be made after receipt of an entry.

7. Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and must never have been previously published, in print or online (including self-published, ebook, magazines, journals, websites, blogs, social network sites), or broadcast or won a prize in another writing competition. Any entry found to have been plagiarised will be disqualified.

8. Entries will be read and judged anonymously; entrants’ names and contact details should only appear on the covering email and not anywhere on their stories/manuscripts. The stories/manuscripts must be free of all personal information about the author.

9. Entries will be acknowledged by email. If an entrant does not receive an email acknowledgement within three days they should contact the organisers for confirmation of receipt.

10. The judges’ decision is final and no individual correspondence will be entered into. Judges or readers will not comment on individual stories or give feedback on individual stories.

11. All entrants must agree to have their work published in Frost online magazine and/or The Bandwagon blog. Authors will retain worldwide copyright on their work (including film and dramatic rights) but Frost magazine has first publication rights to publish the winning story or stories.

12. Prizes are: 1st prize – publication in Frost online magazine; highly commended stories will be published on The Bandwagon blog.

13. Entrants will not be contacted individually about the competition results unless they are selected for publication. Winners will also be announced on the Bandwagon blog.

14. Entry implies an acceptance of all the competition rules. Entries that fail to comply with the entry rules and requirements may be disqualified.


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