Short story competition

author Rosanna short story competition

Best-selling novelist Rosanna Ley is to be the shortlist judge for our first ever short story competition.

Please read our short story competition rules here before completing the form. Good luck!

West Sussex Mind's short story competition

We are delighted to announce that best-selling novelist Rosanna Ley is to be the shortlist judge for our first ever short story competition. 

Open for entries until the end of September, the competition has been launched as part of our 50th anniversary celebrations.

West Sussex Mind’s community fundraising programme lead Sarah Palmer - who is also a creative writing tutor at Greater Brighton Metropolitan College (MET, Worthing) - said, ‘I can’t wait to get reading the entries, especially given that the final judge is the wonderful Rosanna Ley. I really can’t think of a finer way to raise funds for the amazing work West Sussex Mind does, particularly at this time, than to encourage creative activities.’  

  • Word limit: 2,500 maximum, no minimum 

  • Entry fee: £7 for the first entry, and £5 for subsequent entries 

  • Closing date: midnight, 30 September 2020 

  • Prizes: £100; £50; £25 plus an additional £25 prize for the best submission from a West Sussex resident. 

Rosanna Ley ( is the best-selling author of The Lemon Tree Hotel, Her Mother’s Secret, The Little Theatre by the Sea, Last Dance in Havana, The Saffron Trail, Return to Mandalay, Bay of Secrets and The Villa, all published by Quercus. Her latest novel, From Venice with Love, also published by Quercus, is published in hardback in March 2020, and in paperback in June 2020. 

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