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Writeidea Short Story Competition

Writeidea Prize 2019

Competition First Prize
This year’s short story competition winner will have their story read by author Kerry Hudson, who will provide a mentoring session to you to help you take your writing career to the next stage. Kerry’s latest book Lowborn was Radio 4’ Book of the week and has received incredible national reviews. Kerry is a keen supporter of new writers and working class writers trying to get their voices and stories heard. This is truly a prize that money couldn’t buy.

Runner-up Prize
A free place on an Idea Store Learning Creative Writing Course

The Writeidea Short Story Prize is a competition is aimed at writers who have never been published before.
Stories must be a maximum of 3,000 words , minimum of 1,000 words.
Entrants must live, work or study in Tower Hamlets.

There is no theme this year. Stories are welcome in any style or genre.

The Winner will be announced at the Writeidea Festival on either 16 or 17 November 2019 (date and time to be confirmed).

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

Closing date 31 October 2019

Please read carefully the rules before entering.

Enter your story using the entry form link on the right.


The Writeidea ESOL Prize 2019

The Writeidea ESOL Prize is a local short story prize for learners enrolled on Idea Store Learning ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) courses.

There is no theme so entrants can write about anything they want to. A panel of experts will judge the short stories, which can be fiction or non-fiction

Prize: £50 (for each of the three entry categories)

Closing date: 31 October 2019

There are three categories, according to learners’ abilities:

Category 1: Pre-Entry Entry 1 ESOL (up to 300 words)

Category 2: Entry 2 Entry 3 ESOL (up to 800 words)

Category 3: Level 1 Level 2 ESOL (up to 1500 words)

The winners will be invited to share their stories at the Writeidea Reading Festival on either 16 or 17 November 2019 (date and time to be confirmed).

For ages 16 plus. To enter, please email or give your story to your Tutor.

Please read carefully the Rules and Regulations.

For a short film by Rob Johns and Rick Cordell about ESOL provision and the Writeidea Esol prize see here 



The East London Writeidea Prize 2018


Helen Burns Tender


Virginia Hawke Once a mum always a mum
Isra Rahman Silent Ghosts
Nneoma Nwankwo The Redemption  of Mama Ude
Maria Messias Mendes Protest

Teen Prize Winner

Reain Kabir Pretha A Journey

Teen Prize Finalists

Anika Iqbal Dear Women of Mankind
Taqiya Labiba December 13th 2017
Sayma Begum Between My Mother's Arms I Am Safe
Tahmina Begum I'm What I Am

Idea Store Learner Winner

Farhana Akhter Ramla Ali

ESOL Prize Winners

Farmina Yeasmin Sunday 8th July, Sad News
Mahbuba Begum Unbelievable
Mariam Mohamed Women