Fantasy Book Review Fantasy Short Story Competition 2011


The winning short-stories will be announced on November 1, 2011 with the stories being published both here and on the Swift Publishers website the following week.

UPDATE – A longlist of 22 has just been announced. The shortlist of 9  will be published as soon as we have read each and every submission.

This year, Fantasy Book Review, in association with Swift Publishers, is delighted to be able to run a short story competition. The writer of the winning fantasy short story will receive an Apple iPad (we are working on also having the winning entry published), the two runner-ups will receive Amazon Kindle. The best news of all is that each applicable entry will receive a free copy of Frank P Ryan’s fantasy ebook THE SNOWMELT RIVER (read our review here). Everybody wins!

The winner of the Fantasy Book Review Fantasy Short Story Competition will receive an Apple iPad

Full rules and conditions can be found below but in brief it is imperative that all submitted work be the author’s original work, between 2,000 and 5,000 English words with a fantasy theme woven throughout. Entries can be submitted from today (April 10, 2011) up until September 10, 2011, with the winners being announced on November 1, 2011 and published on the site exactly one week later.

Fantasy author Frank P Ryan has very kindly supplied a guide to how to write a fantasy short story especially for the Fantasy Book Review Short Story Competition 2011. Full of sound advice and tips it is an essential guide for anyone sitting down to write a fantasy short story.  You can view and download the PDF by either clicking here or on the screenshot below.

How to write a fantasy short story by Frank P Ryan

So, what are you waiting for? Why not start writing today and when you are happy with your mini-masterpiece, simply email [email protected] with your entry as an attachment (please read terms and conditions below for full submission details). If your entry meets the qualification guidelines in the terms and conditions you will receive a copy of THE SNOWMELT RIVER ebook to the email address associated to your submission.

As well as attaching the short story in Word document, please answer the following questions within the body of the email:

Your full name (first name and surname):
Country of residence:

All that is left to say is good luck and happy writing and that if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Fantasy Book Review

Rules and Conditions of Entry

The 2 runner-ups will receive an Amazon Kindle.Please read the following points carefully before emailing your submission:

  1. All rights to the submitted story will remain with the author. However, by entering the competition you are agreeing – in the event of said story being a winning entry – to the publication of the submitted story on Fantasy Book Review;
  2. The submitted story must be the author’s own original work without copying in whole or in part from any other source. Plagiarism will result in immediate disqualification;
  3. The story must be written in readable English;
  4. The story must not have been published previously in any journal, compendium, book, or formal digital publication;
  5. Entrants may submit only one short story;
  6. Submissions from two or more groups of individuals will not be accepted;
  7. The story will consist of a minimum of 2,000 words and a maximum of 5,000 words;
  8. Entries must be typed in English and submitted as a Word document (.doc or .docx) attachment on an email (we cannot accept handwritten or printed entries);
  9. No updated or revised entries will be accepted after initial entry;
  10. Entries must be received on or before September 10, 2011;
  11. The winner and two runners-up will be announced on the websites and on November 1, 2011;
  12. The judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into;
  13. An iPad will be awarded to the overall winner, Amazon Kindles to two runners-up;
  14. Entries cannot be returned;
  15. The winning entry and the runners-up will be published Fantasy Book Review and Swift Publishers ( on November 8, 2011;
  16. Swift Publishers will undertake to provide an e-book copy of the fantasy novel, THE SNOWMELT RIVER, by Frank P Ryan, to all entrants once their entries are formally accepted by Fantasy Book Review. These ebooks will be sent as e-mail attachments to the e-mail address provided by the entrant. The entrant will be contacted by e-mail and asked to nominate their choice of e-formats from pdf, e-Pub and Mobi Pocket. Only a single copy will be sent to each entrant. For these purposes, the onus to provide a functioning and reliable e-mail address will be on the entrant;
  17. The organisers reserve the right to disqualify entries deemed unsuitable;
  18. All care will be taken but no responsibility will be accepted for misplaced work. Fantasy Book Review cannot accept responsibility for lost, damaged or delayed entries. Proof of posting or digital transmission is not proof of receipt;
  19. Employees, contractors or persons directly or professionally associated with Fantasy Book Review or Swift Publishers may not enter this competition;
  20. Short-listed entrants may be asked to confirm the originality and/or authenticity of their entry;
  21. All entrants agree to be bound by the rules of the competition. Failure on the part of any entrant to adhere to any or all of these rules will render the entry in question invalid;
  22. Prize-winners may be required to participate in publicity (photographs, interview, quotations, etc.);
  23. The promoters reserve the right to change prize specifications subject to availability at the conclusion of this competition. No cash or alternative in whole or in part of the prizes will be offered;
  24. Canvassing of adjudicators will result in automatic disqualification;
  25. Notwithstanding that the winners may have been declared, if the organizers discover before the distribution of prizes that for any reason under these rules a winner should have been ineligible to enter the competition or if the entry should have been declared invalid, the organizers reserve the right to determine that a winning entrant is disqualified;
  26. The promoter does not commit to notifying unsuccessful entrants of the competition or to returning unsuccessful entries;
  27. Postage and all other associated costs are the responsibility of the entrant;
  28. The promoter reserves the right to amend any part of these terms and conditions and/or the rules of the competition as might be required without notice;
  29. The promoter reserves the right to change any aspect of this competition for any reason whatsoever without notice.

173 thoughts on “Fantasy Book Review Fantasy Short Story Competition 2011”

  1. Hi Lee,

    I’m jumping on the feedback wagon, I hope that’s okay 🙂
    Looking forward to seeing what was thought of my story (The Voice).
    Thanks again.


  2. Hi Lee,
    Would you be able to add me to the feedback list too, if its not too much trouble please?

  3. Hello again Lee,
    I am very sorry to bother you but could I maybe be added to the feedback list too? I am a young writer and might need some tips on getting started and how to improve. My story was The Endless Train.


  4. Lee

    Could you add me to the feedback list as well. I’d love to hear your (or the judge’s) thoughts on my story.

    Mine was ‘Memories in Red’.


  5. Hi Lee… Would you mind adding me to the feedback list? It’s just that I don’t usually show my work to my friends or family, so I haven’t really had much feedback on my writing thus far. Would that be okay? (My story is Truth, Vamoose)

  6. Yes, please, that would be wonderful. I welcome any and all feedback – that’s the only way I will improve my work!



  7. Hi Michael,

    I’m afraid that there are no plans to publish rankings and ratings on the site. A few people have asked if it would be possible to receive any feedback on their submissions and I have noted down names and email addresses. If, once the competition has finished, I can get a few spare hours I will attempt to send some information across. Would you like me to add you to that list?

    All the best,

  8. Lee –

    Will we ever know the rankings/ratings our entry received? Did not know if that info would be published on the site or not.

    Thanks for your help!



  9. Hello everybody,

    First, can I just say thank you to you all for sending so many high-quality short stories through. I have just emailed every single person so that, hopefully, everybody now has confirmation that their submission has been received.

    I had hoped to have the short list of 9 published on the site by now but due to a massive surge in entries on and around deadline day I am afraid that this will now have to wait at least a couple of weeks. As things currently stand we have 75 short-stories still to read and review.

    And now it is time to answer you most recent questions…

    J, I think the above answers much of your question, the total number of entrants to the competition will be around the 250 mark.

    Michael Winegar, your submission, Cross Words, has been received safe and sound – thank you so much.

    Aaron, your submission, Frost in the Blood, has also been received safe and sound and will be read and reviewed very soon.

    Lizzie, Damsel came through without any problems on the 10th – thank you kindly.

    Amy, can you please email me using [email protected]? I just need a little more information from you so that I can check your submission came in OK.

    Angelique, hopefully the information above helps you in regards to the short list and yes, your short-story, entitled Magical, has been received and has been forwarded through to one of our judges. Thank you.

    If anybody has any other questions, please feel free to post them on this page.

    All the best,

  10. Dear Lee,

    I noticed you said you would release the top 9 stories on the 12th September, where about on the site? I can’t seem to find the list.


  11. Dear Lee,

    I have also searched my whole e-mail for weeks in hope of confirmation on whether my story has reached you via e-mail. My word document was sent at 1:10pm (South African time) on the 10th of September 2011, titled “Magical”.


  12. Ok, I’ve let paranoia get the better of me. I told myself I was just gonna wait for the confirmation email that my story was received, but can I check? I sent it on 8th September, Sarenzia’s Fall.

  13. Hi Lee,

    After telling myself that of course you would have received my entry I, too, am worried that it may not have reached you! It’s called ‘Damsel’ and I emailed it on Sept 10th. Please could you tell me if you received it or not?

    Thank you,

  14. Hi, I sent my submission, Frost in the Blood on the 9 Sept, but haven’t received a confirmation. I accidentally sent it first from my wifes email account and resent it from my own.

  15. Dear Lee,

    I also have searched my email (and SPAM folder) but have not received confirmation of my story’s receipt. The title is “Cross Words,” submitted Sept. 9, at 1:51pm (EST, USA) Confirmation would be very appreciated.

    Thank you,
    Michael Winegar

  16. First: any predicted date for the shortlist’s coming out? (Something to mark on my calendar?)
    Second: how many entries did y’all get overall? (I can console myself with the knowledge later. Like, ‘J, girl, there were A LOT of entries so it’s okay that you didn’t even make the top 200’.)


  17. Hi Wendy,

    Your submission, The Sapphire Disc, came through safe and sound. I hope to have it read and reviewed it within the week. Thank you for sending it in.

    Hi Nerissa,

    Your submission, The Endless Train, was received safe and sound and I think you may well be the youngest author to have entered. I am greatly looking forward to reading your story.

    All the best,

  18. Hello Lee,
    After reading these posts I am a bit worried that my story may not have reached you because I have not had an email yet to say it has. It is called ‘The Endless Train’ and I sent it on Saturday the 10th! I hope you can tell me that you received it.

    Thank You

  19. Hi,

    I did not receive any confirmation that my story has been received.
    I sent it on the 09th Sept.
    Please would you confirm that you did receive it?


  20. Wow, that was exciting trying to write something that didn’t contain bullet points for the first time since English GCSEs a good few years ago!

    Thanks for the opportunity, and apologies for the half a dozen typos I noticed when reading it through in my coffee break this morning. Grr. That’s just typical isn’t it?

  21. Sent. I just triple checked the thing, so I *know* it’s the right one. It had better be the right one. I’m sure it is. Thank you again for being so understanding. I really, really appreciate it.

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