The George Floyd Short Story Competition

Submissions for 2020 closed on August 31st, seeing over 150 entries made from all over the globe! Thank you to everyone who submitted work for the competition’s first year, and keep a look out for dates in 2021!

Judge: Yvvette Edwards, the author of ‘A Cupboard Full of Coats’ and ‘The Mother.’
Winners announced: SEE THE 2020 WINNERS & FINALISTS!
Anthology details: Due for release in winter of 2020/21 with the book launch celebration date TBA.
FREE ENTRY (Limited to one short story submission per entrant)

– 1st Prize £250, 2nd Prize £125, 3rd Prize £75
– Submissions deemed Highly Recommended will be printed alongside the top prize winners in a new anthology and receive a cash prize of £30
– All those printed in the anthology are entitled to a year’s free membership at the Nottingham Writers’ Studio, regardless of locality.

Nottingham Writers’ Studio is proud to launch the first year of our new annual writing competition in memory of George Floyd, a black man killed by a white police officer in the US.

“The murder of George Floyd by a man who was meant to protect him is a tragedy. This competition is intended to commemorate his life and shine a spotlight on the BAME community and their stories.” – Alan Walker, NWS Chair

With this anthology, we seek to capture not only stories of social justice that capture the mood, tone, and energy of the vital Black Lives Matter movement, but the entire gamut of BAME life experience, from social justice to comedies by black authors to romances with a predominantly Asian cast.

This competition is open to all as we welcome the experiences of advocates and allies as well as voices from the black community. Above all, we want to ensure in publishing the anthology we amplify, centre, and celebrate the voices and writings of people of colour.

The winning and highly recommended stories will be published in a new anthology printed by Nottingham Writers’ Studio in partnership with Dizzy Ink entitled ‘Black Lives.’

This competition is fully funded by the Nottingham Writers’ Studio board and is free to enter. Any money raised from the sale of the resultant ‘Black Lives’ anthology will be donated to the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust.

“BAME individuals make up 13% of the British population, but only 6% of published authors… At the studio we think this is not only a disservice to the BAME community, but also to ourselves. It is our hope that by running this event, we can do our own small part to help rectify this imbalance.”
– NWS Board. Read the full post and learn more about the competition’s background here.

Guidelines for Submission

  • Please read the full list of Terms & Conditions prior to submission.
  • This is a competition for short stories only (5000 words max. No minimum)
  • All genres/styles – both fiction and non-fiction – are accepted.
  • One short story per entrant.
  • The submission must not have been submitted to another competition (decision pending) or already in print/published online.
  • The submission must be the author’s original work.
  • Submissions must be typed in a standardised font, 12 point and double spaced on the document.
  • Submissions must be final drafts in PDF format. No edits or revisions can be made after submission.
  • The name of the author must not appear on the PDF document.
  • Submissions to be sent by email to along with a short bio (no more than 100 words) with a photograph of the author attached. This bio and image may be used for promotional purposes and if awarded a place in print will be used in the ‘Black Lives’ anthology.