Anthology Magazine Short Story Competition Open for Submissions

written by Edel Cassidy September 2020

The editors of Anthology Magazine, a magazine published in Ireland, have asked that we publicize their short story competition.

Writers of short fiction are invited to enter the Anthology Magazine Short Story Competition.  Established to recognise and encourage creative writing and provide a platform for publication, it is open to original and previously unpublished short stories in the English language by a writer of any nationality, living anywhere in the world. Stories submitted must be on the theme of ‘Memories’ and not exceed the maximum of 1,500 words. Writers can submit as many entries as they wish.

It is not a requirement, but is advisable to refer to Anthology Magazine or purchase a copy before submitting your work, so that you can see the type of material we publish. Subscriptions and single copies are available to purchase through their online shop.

The winner will receive a €500 cash prize and the chance to see their work published in a future issue of Anthology.

The winner will also receive a one year subscription to Anthology Magazine

Submission Deadline & Entry Fees: 
Early Bird: 30 April 2021 – €10 per short story
Deadline: 31 July 2021 – €15 per short story

Submit a Short Story


Terms and Conditions

  • To enter, submit an original, unpublished short story, written in English on the subject of ‘Memories’ with a maximum of 1,500 words.
  • Entry fee: €10 per story if entered by midnight on 30 April 2021, or €15 per story if entered by midnight on 31 July 2021. 
  • There is no limit to the number of entries you can submit. 
  • There is no age limit.
  • The closing date for receipt of entries is Saturday 31 July 2021 at midnight. 
  • Submissions will be judged on literary merit, originality and readability.
  • Once selected, the winner will be contacted by email or telephone.
  • Copyright remains with the author but Anthology Magazine reserves the right to be the first to publish or arrange a broadcast of selected works. The right to use the stories to further publicise this award is also retained.
  • Submission of a written piece implies the author’s acceptance of the rules and conditions.
  • Anthology Magazine reserves the right to change the prizes in the event of unforeseen circumstances.

Read the 2020 WINNING Short Story by Niamh Donnellan


Congratulations to the WINNER of the Anthology Magazine Short Story Competition 2020

1st Prize
Niamh Donnellan (Ireland) for Islands

Highly Commended
The judges would also like to highlight the work of the following three writers:
– Marguerite Doyle (Ireland) for Outlier
– Neil Tully (Ireland) for The Road Was Full of Mud
– Brian O’Connor (United Kingdom) for Hope is a Green Shoot

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