Historical fiction short story competition 2020

We invite you this spring and summer to take part in a creative challenge, by producing a short story for our historical fiction competition.

The judges will be looking for high-quality stories in one of two categories:

  1. Historical fiction short stories, which relate to an aspect of the collection (houses/artefacts) of the Weald & Downland Living Museum, and are set between the years 900AD and 1930AD
  2. Historical fiction short stories, which are set anywhere between the years 900AD and 1930AD

These categories are for adults aged 18 and over. Our competition for those under 18’s will be announced in early April.

Closing date for receipt of entries is 5pm on Friday, 4 September 2020.

Full terms and conditions can be found on the entry form below.

Competition judges:

  • Jane Borodale, Historical Fiction author and previous Writer-in-Residence at the Weald & Downland Living Museum
  • Katherine Clements, Author and Winner of the Museum’s 2012 Historical Fiction competition
  • Phil Hewitt, Author and Group Arts Editor, Sussex Newspapers
  • Greg Mosse, Writer and encourager of writers
  • Richard Pailthorpe, Author and previously Museum Director – Weald & Downland Living Museum
  • Suzie Wilde, Author

Download your entry form below:

Entry fee:

For 2020 we have waived the entry fee. It was previously £7.  Instead, we would appreciate it if you would consider making a donation to support the Museum at this challenging time. If you would like to support us, please Text FICTION to 70085 to donate £7. Texts costs £7 plus one standard rate message.
Alternatively, you can choose an amount you wish to donate by visiting: wealddown.co.uk/donate

We thank you for your support, and look forward to receiving your entry.