Short Story Competition

Last year’s short story competition was a great success, and we are very happy to announce that we will be hosting another short story competition for our 35th issue. If you’ve ever toyed with the idea of submitting your work to us, now is the time to do it: you’ll be entering a literary fray with other talented authors from our audience, with fame and fabulous prizes on the horizon. Let us quickly guide you through the rules and requirements.

Prompt & other requirements
First, it’s important to know that like last year,  there’s a bit of theme challenge involved. We’re going to give you complete freedom on what your work is about, with a small ‘but’: you need to include the sentence “They fell in love in the vineyard” in your submission. You are entirely free in how exactly you choose to include it: it is entirely up to you.  Furthermore, it’s important to note that you may submit only one piece with a maximum word count of 2500 words. Finally, everyone is welcome to participate. Whether you’re a student or a stay-at-home mom, whether you live in the USA or in South-Africa: we would love to read your work.

As with our previous contests, your piece will be judged by the Writer’s Block board.

There will be an official ‘award ceremony’ at a Writer’s Block “borrel” (celebration drinks) – if you send in work, we hope to see you there to celebrate the new issue, as well as to celebrate your winning entry. The winning piece will be revealed here, and it will of course be published in Writer’s Block #35. Please note that attendance to this party isn’t compulsory: if you are, because you live outside the Netherlands, unable to come, you can still participate and be in the running for winner of the competition.
The top three pieces will all be featured independently on the website. There is going to be another special prize for the #1 spot, although we’re still working out the details on that (think (amazon) book coupons).

Send your piece to before April 15th 2018, 24:00 GMT+1. If you have any further questions about the competition, don’t hesitate to contact us at

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