Please note this competition is now closed: the winners will be announced in June.

Tall Tales, Short Stories celebrates 20 years of the V.S Pritchett Prize, the great range of the short story form, and what is possible when we use other writers as inspiration.

The anthology contains the first 500 words of winning entries to the Prize and of stories from judges over the past 20 years.

Our Tall Tales, Short Stories competition asks those aged 14-18 to finish one of the stories with a new ending of their own — where will your imagination take you?

The competition is open to all 14-18 year-olds who are resident in the UK.

Download our Tall Tales, Short Stories anthology and pick a story to complete in 500 words. Send your ending with an entry form. Please only send entries via email as we are not currently able to receive them in our office.

You can read the full Terms and Conditions here.

Related Awards

V. S. Pritchett Short Story Prize

The RSL's annual prize of £1,000, for the best unpublished short story of the year.