Spring Winners

All the shortlisted entries for the spring Writersphere Prize have now been published on site, and our winner has been announced. Don’t just sit there! Get your hands mucky! You can vote for your favourites as you read them. Start your shortlist slow-reveal here with the excellent and sinister, A Modern Ethic, by Pete Walsh.

What the judge said

Our judge for the spring competition has been described by The Guardian as “witty and honest”, and says writing a first novel was “the weirdest experience; I would often just watch my hands.” Find out who made the call on the final cut and read the judge’s report.

Think you’ve got what it takes to win?

Watch this space for details of the next competition. Why not check out the winner of the autumn 2012 award, Olivia O’Sullivan, whose story Roaringwater Bay impresses with its ability to illuminate the mystery and revelation in the course of an ordinary evening.

The Rules

By entering the competition you agree to the competition rules below. Please note that there is a £5 fee for entering the competition to help cover the cost of the prize.

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Competition Rules


  1. The competition is open to writers from all countries and nationalities, over 16 years of age.
  2. Stories must be written in English.
  3. Stories must be no longer than 2000 words.
  4. Stories must not have been entered into other competitions or previously published in any format, online or otherwise, (except for development and commentary purposes on the members’ stories page of the Writersphere website).
  5. Multiple entries are allowed.
  6. Competitors are not eligible for more than one win per competition.
  7. Entries must be received before the closing date for each competition.
  8. Entry to the competition implies acceptance of all rules. Entries that do not adhere to these rules will be disqualified.


  1. Each entry costs £5.00. Stories are entered online and paid at the point of entry using Paypal.
  2. Entries are non-refundable.
  3. Stories cannot be edited once entered. Writers wishing to make changes must enter a new story.


  1. Stories will be shortlisted by a panel of experienced readers. The winner(s) will be chosen by the featured writer identified as Judge. The Judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  2. For quality assurance purposes and to maintain the integrity of the competition, if no entries are deemed of sufficient merit, no prize will be awarded.

Winners and Prizes

  1. The overall winner will receive a cash prize of up to £500.
  2. The five winning stories from each competition will be published on Writersphere
  3. Winners will be featured on our Featured Writers page.
  4. The prize is a self-funding award. In the event that there are insufficient entries to fund the prize, the prize will not be awarded, and entries will be rolled over into the following competition.


  1. Writers retain worldwide copyright to their stories but Writersphere will have the unrestricted right to publish winning stories, (including runners up), online and in other formats (e.g. an annual anthology), and in any relevant promotional material.