Whether the first day at school, the start of a new job, the tenuous steps into a new life or a strange landscape of the imagination, to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower, this year’s Elmbridge Literary Competition is looking for short stories and poems that explore new worlds.

Now in its 15th year and following the success of 2018’s ‘A Shiver Down the Spine’, The Elmbridge Literary Competition is opening its entry criteria to national and international submissions. Run in partnership between The R C Sherriff Trust and Elmbridge Borough Council, it is open to all ages.  

Entry for adults is £5 with under 18s free.

The 2020 Competition sees an increase in prizes for the adult category along with the introduction of The Elmbridge prize for the best story or poem in the adult category submitted by an Elmbridge resident. The Competition will once again run in partnership with publishers Sampson Low, who will publish the winning entries as a Chapbook. (Small and affordable forms of literature, Chapbooks historically were sold on the streets, and covered a range of subjects from fairy tales and ghost stories to news of politics, crime or disaster.) For further details about Chapbooks visit:


The closing date for entries in Friday 7 February 2020.

Full details of rules, terms and conditions are available here.

Please ensure you have read these before submitting your story and poems. 

Payment for adult entries:


The table below contains the names of all of the winners of our 2018 literary competition. Click on the Entry Title to read the winning entry. 

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