Please ensure you read these rules carefully before entering the competition.

Entry implies acceptance of all the rules and failure to comply may result in disqualification.


Short story: 3,000 words maximum, no minimum. The title is not included in the word count.

The competition is open to writers of any nationality writing in English, 16 years old and over at the time of the closing date.

Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and by submitting you are confirming that the work is your own. Any evidence to the contrary will result in immediate disqualification.

Entries must not, at the time of entering, have won any other national or international competition prizes.
All entries are judged anonymously.

Entries may be in the following genres: fiction including science fiction or non-fiction (e.g. biography, memoir, true story).

Entrants may submit any number of stories.

Entrants may withdraw entries from the competition by notification in writing. Entry fees will not be refunded.

Entries will be disqualified if they exceed the word count.

Multiple entries are allowed.

Simultaneous entries allowed - entries may be submitted to other competitions in parallel with submitting to the MTP competition. 

Entries open June 1, 2020.

The deadline date for entries is midnight (GMT, London) August 31, 2020.

Entry/Reading Fee

£5 (GBP) for each submitted short story.

Entry Format

Online entries only.

Microsoft Word or similar readable format. No images. No tables. No charts. No footnotes. No endnotes.

Please do not include your name within the document.


Amendments cannot be made to entries after they have been submitted, nor substitutions made.  If entrants wish to correct errors they must submit and pay for a new entry.

Receipt of Entry

Entries are confirmed by the email receipt of your payment and a confirmation email from MTP.

Contact Information / GDPR

Information provided at the time of entry may be subsequently used by MTP to keep the entrant updated regarding the products and services offered by MTP. This information will not be shared with third-parties.


Worldwide copyright of each entry remains with the author. By entering you agree that MTP will have the unrestricted right to publish entries in its Anthology and on its website.


Entries will be judged based on the following criteria. Storyline, style, structure, tone, presentation. 

The judges' decision is final and no individual correspondence can be entered into. Judges are unable to comment on individual entries.

Judging is fair and unbiased. Experienced readers assist in selecting the shortlists.


Announced September 14, 2020 on the MTP website and by email to the winning entrants.

First Prize:

£500 (GBP)

Annual All-Access MASTERCLASS Pass (see conditions below).

Publication in the MTP Summer Anthology (print book and ebook) – the winning story title will be the basis of the Anthology's title.

Second Prize:

£300 (GBP)

Publication in the MTP Summer Anthology (print book and ebook) 

Third Prize:

£200 (GBP)

Publication in the MTP Summer Anthology (print book and ebook)

Annual All-Access MASTERCLASS Pass Conditions

More information can be found at

The pass will be valid for one year.

A cash alternative of £170 (GBP) may be offered at MTP's sole discretion.

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The actual authors available via online classes may vary from time to time. Any examples given in MTP publicity were accurate at the time of writing.

MTP reserve the right to amend these rules where it is deemed necessary to do so.

Any changes to the rules will be posted on the MTP website.

In the unlikely event that the competition is cancelled entry/reading fees will be returned in full. 

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