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Indipenned 2020 Short Story Competition

7th August 2019

Enter the Indipenned 2020 short story competition to win £1000We have some exciting news. Indipenned is holding a short story competition for indie writers with a prize of £1000 GBP going to the winner. The competition is open to all who are not solely-published by major publishing houses, including self-published writers, those published by small press indie publishers and unpublished writers working towards their debut publication.


The Indipenned 2020 Short Story competition is open to all those who have either self-published or have had their work published by independent small press publishing house. The competition is also open to indie writers working up to their debut publication. The competition is not open to writers who are solely by the “big five” major publishing houses. They get enough support.

How To Enter

If you haven’t already, Register as a Creator on Indipenned, The Home of Indepenned Literature.

If we haven’t already, wait for us to approve your Creator registration. (we will do this ASAP and send you an email once you have been approved)

To post your short story first sign in.  This should take you to your personal Indipenned hub. From there, select the Your Posts tab. After that select Short Story from the drop down before clicking create. If you are already signed in, you can navigate to your hub by selecting Your Indipenned > You > Your Home from the header menu. You will then see the Your Posts Tab. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any issues posting your story. Please also include “indi20” in the tags so we can find it.

Terms and Conditions

Entrants must meet the eligibility criteria described above.

Entrants retain all rights to their work.

Short stories must be the legitimate work of the author submitting the entry.

Short stories must be written in English and be between 2000 and 6000 words.

Short stories must not be subject to any current or legacy publishing agreement that prevents them from being published on the Indipenned website.

All submitted information may be processed for purposes of administering the competition and conducting related publicity relating to the competition.

All information submitted in connection with the competition will be treated in accordance with the Indipenned website terms and conditions including its privacy policy.

Submission of an entry indicates that the submitter has read and agreed to these terms and conditions.

All entries must be posted as a short story on the Indipenned website against the entrants Creator profile.

The short list of entries progressing to judging by human beings will be selected using Indipenned’s secret internal page ranking algorithm. Any attempts to manipulate this algorithm will result in disqualification.

The £1000 GBP winning prize is dependent on the competition receiving a minimum of 20 entries. In the event that fewer than 20 entries are received the prize money will be reduced proportionally, i.e. if 5 entries are received the winning entry will receive £250 GBP.

The winning entry will be announced on the Indipenned website on 1st April 2020.

The closing date for entries is 31st January 2020.

Failure to meet any of these terms and conditions will result in disqualification.

Indipenned’s decision is final on everything.

Other Stuff to Note

Indipenned will promote entries to the Indipenned 2020 Short Story competition across the Indipenned website and social media. This will help Indipenned’s internal page ranking algorithm to identify the short list of entries that will progress to human judging. This algorithm, among other things, uses page views and likes to determine the prominence of the content displayed on the site and allows the cream to rise.

If you would like to give your short story the best chance of making the short list, then it's a good idea to give your submission a push on your website, blog and/or social media accounts. Use the hashtag #indi20 and we will try and lend a hand with this.
Good luck!

Team Indi

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