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Vol.4. No.1. October - December 2010

Writing Competitions



Sentinel Literary Quarterly Short Story Competition (January 2011).


Entry deadline EXTENDED until 07-January-2011*

Competition Details 

Subject: Short Stories may be on any subject or style and MUST NOT have been previously published, posted on a website or blog. Short Stories posted on members-only writing groups for workshop purposes as part of the creative process are not deemed to have been previously published.

Length: Maximum 1,500 words per story.
Entry Fees: £5.00 per story, £9.00 for 2 stories and £12.00 for 3 stories.

(Sentinel Champions subscribers save 15% on entry fees. To subscribe to Sentinel Champions and save on entry fees click here)

First Prize: £150.00
Second Prize: £60.00
Third Prize: £40.00

First Publication: The top three Short Stories will receive first publication in Sentinel Champions - Selected Short Stories & Short Stories from the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Writing Competition Series. (This is a print magazine) Up to 15 Short Stories, subject to quality, from this competition will be published in Sentinel Champions Magazine in August 2011.

Entries Deadline: 20th December, 2010  7th January 2011
Results due: 31st January, 2011 announced in Sentinel Literary Quarterly magazine at 
Judge: Amanda Sington-Williams
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 your pages.

  3. PRINT your Name, Postal Address, E-mail Address and if you wish, Telephone number on a plain sheet of paper and place the paper in a sealed envelope.

  4. Write "SLQ STORY JAN 2011" followed by the Title(s) of your story(ies) on the back of the envelope.

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

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 from the paypal drop-down button below 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 Short Stories and a cover note with your Name, Postal Address, Optional Telephone Number and Titles of your Short Stories to  as a Word or rtf attachment.

  4. In the subject line, type SLQ STORY JAN 2011 Followed by your Transaction ID. You will receive an acknowledgement of receipt of stories within 48 hours.


*Due to delays postal delays caused by adverse weather, and the usual pre-Christmas post, we have deemed it only fair to extend the deadline to the end of the first week in January to make sure all entries are accounted for.

Terms & Conditions/Privacy Policy:

  1. You may enter as many Short Stories as you wish with the appropriate entry fees.

  2. If you win one of the prizes in this quarter's competition, you will NOT be prohibited from entering next quarter's competition.

  3. The judges read the Short Stories without any indication of the identity of the authors. If the same author wins more than one prize, in the interest of fairness we WILL award it.

  4. The decision of the judge is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.

  5. If on the advice of the judge, the quality of entries is too low to produce worthy prize winners, or any other legitimate reason beyond our control arises which may affect a fair completion or conduct of the competition, we reserve the right to cancel the competition and refund all entry fees immediately by the same method we have been paid.

  6. We reserve the right to reapportion the prize money if necessary in the interest of continuity as an alternative to cancellation of the competition.

  7. If you would like an acknowledgement of postal entries, please enclose an SAE marked "acknowledgement".

  8. The Judge's Report will be published in Sentinel Literary Quarterly on 31 January 2011. This publication is online, if you would like to receive the Judges' Report in the post, please enclose an SAE marked "Judges' Report".

  9. All prize winners will be notified by post or e-mail within 7 days of the announcement of the results. These notifications will be accompanied with a prize claim invoice against which prize monies are paid.

  10. By entering this competition you provide some information such as your address and e-mail which may be deemed personal information. These will be processed according to the data protection act 1998. We will never pass on any detail you provide in the course of entering this competition to a third party and we will never sell your data to anyone for marketing purposes, or hold them for longer than necessary.

  11. By entering this competition you agree that we may contact you by e-mail or post via our newsletter with the results of the competition, the adjudicator's reports and information on future competitions. You may unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time.
    * Online entries must be received by midnight on the 7th January 2011. Postal entries must be post-marked by 7th January 2011. E&OE | SLQ

Current Competitions (January 2011)

Poetry Competition. Enter by 7th January 2011

Short Story Competition. Enter by 7th January 2011

Previous Competitions (October 2010)


Judge's Report (Poetry) by Geoff Stevens

Judge's  Report (Short Stories) by Ivor Hartmann




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Amanda Sington-Williams writes short stories and novels. She also teaches novel writing in Brighton. Her short stories have been published in magazines and anthologies and she has recently signed a contract with Ether Books who will be publishing six of her short stories at the end of November 2011. She is the Resident Fiction Editor, Sentinel Annual Literary Anthology (#1 due out on December 1st 2010.) Her first novel, The Eloquence of Desire , was published in June 2010 by Sparkling Books. She won an award for this novel from The Royal Literary Fund. Amanda has an MA in Creative Writing and Authorship from Sussex University.  




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