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Give Voice to Our Values

Enter CSSC's second short story competition

Wow us with your creative writing skills to win a prize worth up to £180!

After the huge success of our first writing competition, 100 Words for 100 Years, we're giving our members another chance to wow us with your literary prowess.

We hereby invite you to submit a piece of writing, about anything you like, that gives a voice to one of CSSC's four company values:





Our four core values underpin who we are as an organisation and all that we do. We'd therefore really love to hear how our values resonate with our members. We're so looking forward to reading your stories and, if it's anything like the last writing competition, we know we're in for a treat! 

So, choosing just one of our values above as your writing prompt, please pen us a tale of your choosing. It can be a personal account of something in your life or a piece of creative writing - our only request is that your story is in prose (so no verse or poetry). The rest is completely up to you!

Prizes worth £300
  • First prize: a free place on a 11-12 week Writing course at City Lit
  • Runner up: a free place on a 5-6 week short course at City Lit
  • Commended entries: a free place for each commendation on one of City Lit's short taster/day courses.

Prizes have kindly been supplied by City Lit. Find out more about their online writing courses.

Get inspired

We had a fantastic range of stories submitted to our first competition. Why not read through the 8 winning entries for some inspiration?

Check out this blog post from City Lit. Containing helpful tips to get your creative juices flowing, these 10 Top Tips for writing a short story cover everything from capturing your thoughts in notes to characters to publishing your work. Can this help you secure one of our fantastic prizes?

10 Top Tips

How to enter

The piece must be between 400-600 words and can be fiction or non-fiction, as long as it's related to one of our values, which you'll indicate in the submission form. Your submission must be prose - so no poems or song verses, please.

 Only entries submitted before 30 September 2021 will count.

Submit your story

Special thanks to City Lit 

Why not hone your creative writing with our competition sponsors City Lit, who offer a broad range of fun, supportive writing courses? Weekday, evening and weekend time slots are available, so you can find something to fit in with your schedule.

All creative writing tutors at City Lit are published authors, and with courses from beginner to advanced level there’s plenty available to inspire you and help get your writing ‘competition ready’.

Find out more

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