500-Word Story Competition


  • Max. 500 words, excluding the title. This is one of only two strict rules. Go over 500 words and you’ll be disqualified.
  • The second no-no is missing the deadline. MASH stories runs every quarter, meaning every three months and a total of four times a year. The deadline for the current competition is 15th April 2016, and the winner will be announced on 15th May 2016.
  • Any genre is accepted.
  • There is no submission fee.
  • Stories can only be in English.
  • Each quarter, only one submission per person is allowed (three for Mash Club members).
  • You can include your name anywhere you like.
  • You can choose any font you like. This is a story-telling competition, not a typography contest.
  • Submissions are accepted via Submittable. Please visit us on Submittable and attach your story as a Word document there.