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short story competition

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Short Story Competition (January, 2010).


About the competition

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Short Story Competition has been introduced to encourage and reward quality short fiction writing, create and sustain awareness about the publication and if by any chance a small financial margin is achieved at the end of each competition, that will go back into producing the magazine and help keep it a free-to-read publication.


Competition Details 

Subject: Short Stories may be on any subject.

Length: Maximum 1,500 words per story

Entry Fees: £5.00 per story, £9.00 for 2 stories and £12.00 for 3 stories.

First Prize: £100.00

Second Prize: £60.00

Third Prize: £40.00

First Publication: The top stories will receive first publication in the January 2010 issue (Vol.3 No.2) of Sentinel Literary Quarterly (SLQ).

Competition Pamphlet: A pamphlet of 6 to 10 stories fed by the competition titled Champion Stories - Top stories from the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Short Story Competition (January 2010) Compiled & Edited by Unoma Azuah will be published and all included authors will receive 1 Free contributor's copy each.

Postal Entries Deadline: 15th December, 2009 (Postmark)*

Online Entries Deadline: 30th December, 2009 (midnight)

Results due: 31st January, 2010 announced in Sentinel Literary Quarterly magazine at

Judge: UNOMA AZUAH, Author of Sky-high Flames.

Competition Administration: Sentinel Poetry Movement






  1. Short Stories must be in English Language and typed.

  2. Author's name and address or any other identifying mark MUST NOT appear on any of the pages.

  3. Author's name, postal address, e-mail address and telephone number should be placed in a sealed envelope. Write "SLQ STORY JANUARY 2010" followed by the Title(s) of your story(ies) on the back of the envelope.

  4. Make cheques or Postal Orders (in GB£ only) payable to SENTINEL POETRY MOVEMENT.

  5. Send your short stories, the envelope with your name inside, and your entry fee to: 

Sentinel Poetry Movement

Unit 136

113 – 115 George Lane


E18 1AB

United Kingdom




International/Online entrants may enter by e-mail and pay entry fees by Paypal. To enter by this method please follow these steps:

1. Select the option that matches your entry preference and make the applicable payment.

2. After making your payment, you will be given a Transaction ID or Receipt Number by Paypal. Make a note of the Transaction ID.

3. Submit your poems to as a Word or rtf attachment. In the subject line, type SLQ STORY JANUARY 2010 Followed by your Transaction ID.

4. You will receive an acknowledgement of receipt of poems within 48 hours.


Terms & Conditions: You may enter as many stories as you want with the appropriate entry fees. The decision of the judge is final, and no communication will be entered into. We reserve the right to reapportion the prize money, though this is unlikely. If you would like an acknowledgement of postal entries, please enclose an SAE marked "acknowledgement". The Judges' Report will be published alongside the winning poems in SLQ January 2010 Since this publication is online, if you would like to receive the Judges' Report in the post, please enclose an SAE marked "Judges' Report".


*Postal entries must be Postmarked by 15th December, 2009 and must be received by 19th December, 2009.  Bear in mind there might be delays due to Christmas post, therefore post your work early.

** Deadline for online entries now extended midnight 30th of December, 2009.


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Azuah teaches Composition and Creative Writing at Lane College, Jackson, Tennessee. She is an MFA graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia. She also has an MA in English from Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio. Her undergraduate degree in English is from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.  As an undergraduate at Nsukka, she edited the English department literary journal—The Muse and received the awards of the best Creative Writing student for two consecutives years: 1992 and 1993. Her other awards include the Hellman/Hammett award, the Urban Spectrum award, the Leonard Trawick award and the Association of Nigerian Authors/NDDC Flora Nwapa award for her debut novel Sky-high Flames. 







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