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Splash Fiction Competition

7 Jun 2019 00:01 -
4 Aug 2019 23:59

Victoria Baths Splash Fiction Competition 2019


Our Weekend Of Words festival (7-9th June 2019) marks the official launch of our first creative writing competition, complete with cash prize! We’re on the lookout for short stories that make a real splash – take municipal baths, lidos, wild swimming, ponds, water parks, rivers, canals, as your jumping-off point and dive in.

You’ll need to wow Sarah-Clare Conlon, Victoria Baths’ inaugural Writer-in-Residence who is also working on new stories influenced by Manchester’s Water Palace.

Fancy taking the plunge? Send your flash fictions up to 300 words long on the theme of ‘water’ to us by midnight Sunday 4 August 2019.

Please ensure you read the following carefully before entering the competition:

The Victoria Baths Splash Fiction Competition is open to all published and unpublished writers living in the UK. Entrants must be over 16 years old on the closing date, 4 August 2019. We aim to notify winners and runners-up by email during August 2019. We hope that the winners and runners-up will be able to join us at a special prize-giving ceremony during the Victoria Baths Swim Weekend, 7-8 September 2019, when they will be invited to read their winning stories and receive their prize.


Wordcount: 300 words maximum. No minimum. Title not included in wordcount. Do not exceed the maximum wordcount or your entry will be disqualified.

Deadline: Midnight Sunday 4 August 2019.

Theme: Water.

Format: Entries must be in English, typed, preferably in Times New Roman, 12pt, black, double line spaced, pages numbered. For online entries, please save the file as a Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx) and attach to your email. The file name should be the title of the story only; for untitled pieces, the file name should be the first line of the story. Entries will be read and judged anonymously; do not include your name on the entry or in the file title, otherwise your entry will be disqualified.

Cover letter: Please include the title(s) of your story (stories), your full name, any nom de plume, contact details (address, phone number and email) and a short bio (no more than 100 words) in your cover letter.

Online and postal entries: You can enter the Victoria Baths Splash Fiction Competition online or by post. You can enter up to three stories; fees are: £5 per single entry, £7.50 for two entries and £9 for three. Online entries are confirmed by the email receipt of your payment (please check your spam folder); for postal entries, please include a stamped, self-addressed postcard marked “Acknowledgement” if you require acknowledgement of the receipt of your entry. It is not possible to confirm receipt of entries by phone. Entries will not be returned; please keep a copy.

Please send online entries to: and pay online via Eventbrite (see Links below) - include Splash Fiction Competition in your email subject line. 

Please send postal entries to: Splash Fiction competition, Victoria Baths Trust, Hathersage Road, Manchester M13 0FE with a cheque for the correct amount made payable to "Victoria Baths Trust".

Other: Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant. Entries must never have been published or self-published (including online), or won or been runner-up in any other competition. Simultaneous submissions are allowed but will become ineligible should they win a prize elsewhere or be published prior to the prize-giving date; entry fees will not be refunded. Entrants may withdraw entries from the competition by notification in writing; entry fees will not be refunded. No corrections or alterations can be made after receipt of an entry. Copyright of each entry remains with the author. We reserve the right to publish the names of the winners and runners-up online and in any promotional material such as press releases. The judge’s decision is final and no individual correspondence can be entered into; the judge is unable to comment or provide feedback on individual entries.


Victoria Baths Weekend of Words and Victoria Baths Splash Fiction Competition are supported by Arts Council England, with funding from the National Lottery. 



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