Short Fiction Competition: Fairytales Of The City

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Short Fiction Competition: Fairytales Of The City

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Once upon a time... today: tales for a modern London

In May the British Academy's Literature week will explore the fantastical and the magical with a week themed on fairy tales and folk tales — literary genres which transcend cultural, historical and national boundaries.

To celebrate, the Academy — with the help of Londonist as media partner — is looking for a new fairytale for modern London. From fantastical figures to folkloric experiences, budding writers should submit their work to be in with the chance of winning some great prizes.

The best story we receive will win a set of the Folio Society’s classic fairy tales: Grimm's Fairy Tales, Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales and Perrault's Fairy Tales. The best four entries will be published online on Londonist, and be printed together in an exclusive Literature Week publication distributed at all British Academy Literature Week events.


  • Your story must be an original fairy tale set in London, or influenced by the city
  • Your entry must be an original piece of fiction not published elsewhere, either digitally or in print
  • All entries must be under 1,000 words
  • All entries must be submitted in English
  • Only one entry per person
  • Entrants must be 18 or over on 28 February 2015


All submissions must be received by midnight on 28 February 2015. Submissions received after this time will not be considered.

To enter, please email with the subject line 'Fairy tale competition'.

Please note: unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted in respect of their entry and no feedback on any entry will be provided.

British Academy Literature Week 2015 takes place 11-17 May. For more information sign up to the mailing list here.

Last Updated 02 February 2015

Paula Wichall

Umm. What constitutes a fairy tale? I live in London but my illustrated story originated in Bristol. See 'K'no : a tale of youth & woe' at


just the sort of thing I love writing!

Peter K

Yes, I would be really interested in what is defined as a fairy tale too... Something vaguely fantastic, or something more specific?

S Cooper

Why should it be limited to people over the age of 18? Younger people should had every right to enter this competition! We have the same writing abilities and imaginations, some would say even better!


Hello there, is the story to be sent as an attachement (Word file perhaps)?

Library Cat

Can I check if there are any rules about formatting of the Word doc (e.g. double spacing)? Also, I am assuming that (as usual for competitions) document should be anonymised, but with title, page number and total number of pages displayed on each page?


Just to clarify, is it friday or saturday night submissions close? Thanks

Dan Collins

Is the title included in the word count?


really looking forward to submitting, just have a couple few questions. Would it be advisable to include a sentence or two about who we are and where we're at in our writing career within the email the stories sent in? And when will the winners be informed?


Sorry, just thought of the question I forgot. Who should we address the email to? The judge, editor, Londonist team...