Short Fiction:

The submission fee is £4.00 for a single piece of fiction or £10 for up to three.

All prose must be written in English.

All prose entry must be no more than 3000 words per story (there is no minimum word limit).

All entries must be in a single document with each story starting on a new page and clearly titled.

Any title is not included in the word count.

Writers must not include their name on any part of the document as all entries will be judged anonymously.

All work must be written in a clearly readable font and size e.g. in Times New Roman size 11 or 12.

All work must be doubled spaced.

Each piece of fiction must have a clearly indicated word count.

Work must not have been previously published and cannot be under consideration for any other prize or publication.

To Enter

All entries must be done via email

Please attach your file/s to the email.

For poets and writers please send your work as a .docx, .doc or PDF


In the email subject line please state ‘Elbow Room Competition Submission’ plus the category you are entering.

Please address your emails to the Rosie, Zelda and Harry

Please include the following details in the body of your email:


Artist’s Name (if different)

Category you are entering

Number of pieces

Titles of pieces

Payment Transaction ID (this is your order number)

Email address

Anyone who does not follow these guidelines will not be considered and all entrance fees are non-refundable. Please refer to our FAQs if anything is unclear or contact us for further information.