The third Crediton Short Story Competition is on the theme of


 Winners will be announced by 24 June 2017. Keep in touch for updates.

2017 Judges

Dr Sally Flint

Sally Flint is a published, award-winning writer. She lectures  in creative writing and literature at the University of Exeter. She co-founded and  co-edits Riptide Short Story Journal and Canto Poetry and works with ‘Stories Connect’ ‒ a project which helps people at vulnerable times in their lives ‘change their lives through literature’.

Her poetry collection Pieces of Us, (Worple Press), is available here:

Geoff Fox

Geoff Fox taught children, student-teachers and practising teachers in schools and universities in the UK and abroad. In retirement, he helps to run the Crediton Arts Centre and works as a storyteller and role-player in local primary schools. He has written several books and continues to review and write about fiction and poetry published for young readers.

He was a judge for the Crediton Short Story Competition 2015 and 2016.

Andrew Davey

Andrew Davey is a chartered librarian who has worked in public libraries in Somerset, Wiltshire, New Zealand and Devon. For over 10 years he was the senior librarian at Exeter Central Library and helped to promote live literature including events with Hilary Mantel, Deborah Moggach and John Connolly, as well as local authors and the Exeter Poetry Festival.

He has a love of old books and helped organise and exhibit the libraries heritage collections. He has been involved in Crediton Community Bookshop since the early stages of the project as a volunteer and committee member and values its role of offering high quality books and customer service locally. Andrew believes a dynamic community bookshop can encourage a love of reading for everyone.

Nuts and Bolts (T&Cs!)

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Maximum words for adults (18+* years) is 3,000; for young adults 11 to 18* years it is 1,000 words.

This following is important and any entry not following these guidelines is likely to be disqualified.

The topic is ECHOES; how you approach this is entirely up to your imagination but the reader must feel that echoes is referenced in it somehow!

  • Please type your story in a plain 12pt typeface, with 1.5 line spacing.
  • Make sure that all pages contain the story title and the page number, but NOT your name.
  • Please produce a separate page that contains your story title and word count with your full name, address, email, telephone number and date of birth (month and year will do, no exceptions!).

(*Those aged 18 in full-time education should enter the young adults category.)

Entries must have arrived by the end of the day on Sunday 30 April 2017. Please email them as a Word doc or PDF to

Winners will be announced by Saturday 24 June 2017.

Adults (18+* years old)

1st prize is £75 in cash; a night at The Lamb Inn, Sandford; publication in Riptide** and receipt of Riptide volumes

2nd prize is £30 in cash

Young adults (11 to 18* years old)

1st prize is £30 book voucher or cash; Riptide vol. 6

2nd prize is £10 book voucher or cash; Riptide vol. 6

(*Those aged 18 in full-time education should enter the young adults category.)

For adults the entry fee is £5 per story; for young adults the fee is £3. Please make cheques payable to Crediton Town Team or pay online by BACS to a/c no 65744495, sort code 08-92-99, please reference ‘CSS-your surname’.
Or pay through PayPal

All entries will be anonymized and read by a panel of local readers. A shortlist will be submitted to a final judging panel of:

  • Dr Sally Flint of Exeter University and Editor of Riptide (short stories with an undercurrent)
  • Geoff Fox
  • Andrew Davey


  • The judges’ decision is final and no communication will be entered into.
  • The entries must be the original, unpublished work of the competitor and cannot be altered after submission.
  • Entries must be in English.
  • Copyright will remain with the author. Submission indicates agreement to being published and to taking part in any publicity. We retain the right to proofread entries prior to publication for spelling and punctuation.
  • Failure to meet any conditions of entry will mean the entry is disqualified.

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