2024 Short Story Competition

Enter the competition either by using the online process (Enter Online) or printing out an entry form and sending it together with a hardcopy version of your story by post (Enter Offline).

Payment is by PayPal, credit or debit card online or by posted cheque. Click here to see entry fees.

PayPal and Stripe are well-established online payment methods with excellent security procedures in place. When you make payment by credit or debit card none of your account details will be given to The Bedford Competition. The transaction is handled using only the chosen online banking system.

Please read the rules carefully as entries that do not comply will be disqualified.

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Short Story Competition

Click on the Download Form button to download a printable offline entry form.

Use this entry form if you wish to mail or hand deliver your story and entry fee. Please ensure that you read the competition rules. A printable version of these can be displayed by clicking on the Rules button. One entry form can be used to submit up to three stories. Click on the Download Form button for any extra forms required.