We promote and encourage quality writing from amateurs and professionals alike, so the competition is open to everyone aged 16 or over by the closing date, 20th February 2017, not only in the UK, but overseas as well.  

  • Judge:  Martyn Waites
  • Sponsor:  www.pennyshorts.com
  • Entry fee:  £5 for stories up to 2,500 words. £8 for stories up to 5,000 words
  • Word Limit:  2,500 (£5) 5,000 (£8)
  • Deadline (Closing Date): 12 Midnight GMT, Monday 20th February 2017
  • First Prize:  £500
  • Second Prize:  £100
  • Third Prize: £50

About Martyn Waites

A former actor, Martyn is the author of eighteen novels including the Joe Donovan crime series, the award winning Born Under Punches and the critically acclaimed The White Room. He also writes the internationally bestselling Brennan and Esposito series of thrillers under the name Tania Carver, the latest of which is The Lost Girl. In 2013 he was chosen by Hammer Books to write the authorised sequel to Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black, Angel of Death. He has also co-authored (along with Mark Billingham, Stav Sherez and David Quantick) Great Lost Albums, the funniest music book ever written (says him). He is currently writing a gothic thriller set in the west country. 

How to Enter

Applicants are encouraged to make their submission online as early as possible before the deadline. Postal entries are also accepted.

First, read the Competition Rules thoroughly. Non-compliance may result in disqualification.

Submission of an entry is taken as acceptance of the Competition Rules and the Terms and Conditions.

Formatting guidelines:

  • Your submission must be written in English or be your own work translated into English
  • Add the title and word count on the front page.  A cover page is not necessary. 
  • Your submission can be in any font, but must be in black type, 12pt. Handwritten entries will not be accepted.
  • 1.5 or double spaced.
  • Please number your pages. 
  • Single sided preferred.
  • Please attach your document as a pdf or word doc.  Maximum file size 2MB.
  • Please name attachments with your exact story title.  If untitled, with the exact first line.
  • Please ensure your submission does not include your name or any other identifying marks.

We’re looking forward to receiving your entries and thank you for taking part.

Submit by Post

Submissions by post should be sent to:

Main Street
Chipping Norton

and should include the following:

  • A cover letter including your name, address and telephone number, plus email address (if applicable) and the title of your story(ies).
  • Your submission, featuring only the title of the story and the word count on the front page with no other identifying marks whatsoever.
  • A cheque or postal order for £5 per submission.

Cheques and postal orders are to be made payable to ‘ChipLitFest’. Please include your name and address on the back. 

IMPORTANT: Your details should be included on your cover letter only, and not on your submission. Your submission should feature only the title of the story, the story itself and the word count, and should have no other identifying marks. Failure to delete identifying marks will result in disqualification.

Multiple entries are acceptable and may be posted together, but remember to adjust payment accordingly.  Each entry should be on a new sheet.

If you require acknowledgement of receipt, please enclose a self-addressed postcard with ‘Acknowledement’ written on it.

Submit Online

Here you can enter your submissions online using either the WorldPay or PayPal payment systems.  You will need a credit or debit card to do this.

Please make sure you have read the entry instructions and the competition rules.  Failure to abide by the rules may result in disqualification.

Please use the title of your short story as the name of the document, or if untitled, the first line.

Your submissions can be uploaded at the checkout, as a pdf or word doc.  Please do not exceed 2MB in file size.

IMPORTANT: Please ensure your attachments do not include your name or any other identifying marks.

Multiple entries are accepted, but please amend your payment accordingly, i.e. £5 for stories up to 2,500 words, or £8 for stories up to 5,000 words.

Once payment has been received you will receive email acknowledgements from both PayPal and ChipLitFest. 

Short Story Submissions