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. Great idea Lee. I for one am very pleased to find myself counted among such a diverse batch of stories. They all sound like great tales, and now begins the real nailbiting! Keep up the good work! I am pretty sure everyone who entered this competition appreciates your (and the other judges) hard work!

  2. Hello everyone, just a quick announcement. I thought it would be a good idea to publish a longlist prior to the shortlist. This will allow everyone to see a list of the very best submissions we received. The longlist can be found here – – and I hope you are pleased if you are on there and not too disappointed if you are not.

    All the best,

  3. Hello there Lee,

    I was wondering if there is anyway we can get any feed back on our entries? Even if it is just a one-liner comment?

    Thanks <3
    Char Marie Adles

  4. Hi Caz, Harry and Lisa – you are all on the list!

    Eleanor, don’t worry, you are not wasting my time at all. One of the judges has just sent through her marks on her final 25 stories, there is a good chance that yours is in there – I will post confirmation here as soon as I possibly can.

    Narcissus, I remember your submission, I read it myself and it was a very strong entry! But there is some very, very stiff competition…

    I know that there are quite a few waiting for the short-list to be published and I must apologise for the fact that it has taken so long – the surge of entries at the deadline date caught us by surprise! I’m hoping that it will now be only a matter of days.

  5. Why is everyone asking to be on the shortlist? And thank you Lee for running this contest! It’s the first short story contest I’ve ever entered. I hope my story Skyline and Kate Com ends up as a winner! 🙂

  6. Dear Lee,
    Sorry to waste your time, but this was a school project and I still have no conformation that it’s been read, it’s called ‘The Golden Fairy.’ Thanks for your time, again.
    Yours faithfully
    Eleanor Burridge

  7. Oh and my story’s called ‘The Egg-shaped ball’, if you needed that information for the feedback list. Ta

  8. Lee,

    I agree with Michael and pretty much everyone else that you have done a great job, and it is most definitely appreciated. Also, having only now learned of the feedback list, I would like to be on it too please. Thanks again.


  9. Hey Lee,

    I feel for the amount of extra work you’ll have to do, but since everyone else is asking I’d also like to be put on the feedback list. Any feedback, no matter how brief, is fantastic. Hope it isn’t too much trouble!

    Also, I’d like to comment on how fantastic you’ve been replying to all the posts on top of everything else. As Michael said, we appreciate all of your hard work!


  10. Hi Ian, you have been added to the list! Again, I must repeat that the feedback will not be in any great depth but in the form of notes taken whilst reading the short story – and this can vary from a good sized paragraph to just a couple of lines.

    Michael, thank you so much for your kind words! It has been a big job but ultimately rewarding and the short-list of 9 will contain 9 brilliant short-stories. I would like to think that the list will be displayed a week today. I will send out an email to each and every entrant, with a link, the second the short-list is published.

    All the best,

  11. Lee,

    Thank you so much for your time and efforts! Combing through the submissions has to be a monumental task – we appreciate all of your hard work.



  12. I would love to be added to the feedback list as well if that is okay.

    My piece was Nightwhisper.

    Thank you ever so much.

  13. Hi Ryan,

    We are looking at the 15/16th October as a possible date to publish the short-list. If everything goes smoothly…

    Lizzie, Clerissa and Sonya: I have added you all to the list. I just want to mention that the feedback will not go into a great deal of depth and will often only be a paragraph. It was the ratings that were important and the notes were initially only there to remind us what the story was about. Still, I think it will still be useful. Hope so anyway.

    All the best,

  14. Dear Lee,
    If you have the time I would be grateful if you could add me to the feedback list too please.

  15. Hi,

    Can I be added to the feeback list as well please? My short story was The Phoenix Ring



  16. Feedback would be *shudders* much appreciated. I keep finding errors I know were fixed (file syncing over multiple machines is NOT a good idea when working under deadline!) but the overall content and flow–and the reception of my methods–concern me, because they are not so easily caught as a misspelled, repeated, or missing word.
    So if you wouldn’t mind adding me to that feedback list, and if your time allows, I would be grateful.
    Thank you,

    Will winners have the option of publishing under a pen-name? And will there be an editing period post-win?

  17. Hello everyone, thank you for your recent posts regarding feedback. I have added all to the list and will email back as soon as is possible. It will probably still be a while though.

    Narcissus, the stories that were submitted remain the property of the author so please feel free to re-publish following the end of the competition. But I must mention one thing, once the winners have been decided we will search the internet for any signs of the entry having been copied so it may be best to wait until after the 1st of November.

    All the best,

  18. Hi Lee,
    If possible, could you please add me to facebook list aswell. I would really like to know about any improvements that I can make to my story (The Amethyst).


  19. Hi,

    If possible, could I have some feeback too please? Mine was the Kaldor Sin one (and I think my first pointer would be a shorter title 🙂



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