Frome Festival Short Story Competition Announced

Feb 16, 2022

Our annual short story competition is open until 31st May 2022 for stories of 1000 – 2200 words, with results being announced and prizes awarded on the last Sunday of Frome Festival,10th July. There are prizes of £400, £200 and £100 for general entries, plus prizes for local writers, so it’s well worth having a go. Entries started to arrive in January and, as usual, we can expect stories from all parts of the UK and beyond. Full details of how to enter are at
This year our judge is the Frome-based journalist and novelist, Keith Stuart. Keith is the author of the best-selling ‘A Boy Made of Blocks’, ‘Days of Wonder’ and ‘The Frequency of Us’. He is also a veteran journalist, writing on video games and digital culture.
In addition, there is a ‘Young Writer’ award for the best story by an entrant aged 16 to 21 living in the BA11 postcode. This annual prize of £50 was instituted last year, thanks to the generous support of Kerry Wilkinson, a successful writer now living in Canada, who grew up and went to school in Frome. Entry to the Young Writer award is free, not through the competition website but by email to
Please see for further details.