2018 MNDA Short Story Competition


Claret Press is thrilled to announce the first MNDA short story competition! Net proceeds will go to support the Motor Neurone Disease Association (click here for more information). 


The competition is inspired by the work of Claret Press author Sarah Gray, who has Motor Neurone disease. Her short story collection Half Life deals with aspects of physical and mental illness in innovative and original ways. The Judges will be looking for similarly engaging and novel stories of no more than 5,000 words inspired by these issues. Stories can be written from any perspective and in any format. This can include murder mystery, thriller, romance, post-modern, horror, etc.


Entry forms can be submitted by clicking on the button below. On the subject line state: 2018 MNDA Short Story Competition. 


Submissions will be accepted from March 5, 2018 to June 30, 2018. Entry fees: £6 per story submitted, payable via credit card, cheque, or bank transfer.


Please read competition rules (see Terms and Conditions below) carefully before submission.


There will be three prizes of £250, £150 and £50 respectively. Claret Press will publish these and all short-listed finalist in a new collection.


Winners will be announced in the autumn of 2018: Good Luck!



Terms and Conditions

This competition is being organised by Claret Press LLP, 51 Iveley Road, London SW4 0EN. Proceeds will go to support the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA).



  • The winning entry will receive £250.

  • The second place entry will receive £150.

  • The third place entry will receive £50.

  • All finalists will be published in an anthology in 2019.

  • Published authors will be able to buy copies at a 35% discount of RRP.

  • The three winners and the other finalists will be announced in autumn 2018.



  • Each entrant should include their name and contact details on their submission.

  • All stories should be original, previously unpublished and deal with physical and/or mental disabilities.

  • Entries should be around 5,000 words. There is no minimum word count and the title is not included in the word count.

  • Stories can be written from any perspective and in any format (this can include murder mystery, thriller, horror, etc.).

  • Each entry must be submitted via the entry form.

  • Entries are accepted from March 15, 2018.

  • The closing date is June 30, 2018.

  • The email addresses of entrants will only be used for the purpose of contacting the winner and administering the competition. It is the participant’s responsibility to keep Claret Press updated about any email address changes. The email addresses will not be sold on to a third party.

  • The winners and other finalists will agree to any reasonable request by CP/MNDA to fulfil press and marketing obligations relating to the competition and their own entry, including attending and reading at events connected with the Prize.

  • In case of insufficient submissions, the competition will be cancelled and all money will be returned to applicants. 



  • The prize is open to any nationality and all ages. A parent or guardian of any participant who is a minor must sign a release on behalf of the minor to be eligible to receive a prize.

  • Entries must be submitted in English.

  • The submission must be previously unpublished on any website, blog or online forum. This includes pieces of writing that have already been self-published or have secured a publishing deal but have not yet been published.

  • Writers may submit up to two entries.

  • Employees or Trustees of the MNDA or their close family members, employees of Claret Press or any members of family, and judges or their close family members are not permitted to enter.



  • £6 for each submitted short story.

  • Payment is via credit card, cheque, or bank transfer.


Entry Format

  • Entries must be saved in Microsoft Word format, and submitted via email. Please send your original, unpublished short story to contact@claretpress.com. The subject line should read ‘2018 MNDA Short Story Competition’.

  • Short stories need to be double-spaced and the word-count should be noted at top of the first page.

  • Once a story has been submitted, we do not accept amendments or revised versions so please consider carefully before submitting your story.

Intellectual Property Rights

  • By submitting your entry, you agree and warrant that (i) your entry is your own original work; (ii) nothing in your entry is defamatory, private or an infringement of copyright or other intellectual property right or in any way a breach of another’s right; (iii) your entry does not contain any material owned by a third party. Any entry in breach of this clause will be disqualified from participating in the competition and from winning any prize.

  • The published authors grant to Claret Press an exclusive license of the rights to produce, distribute, publish and sell the work or any adaptation, abridgement, or part of the work globally in volume form, in electronic or digital form, and in all other present and future forms.

  • Due to the charitable nature of this publication, no royalties will be paid to the published authors.



  • Along with author Sarah Gray, there are two other judges for the 2018 MNDA Short Story Competition: Dr Katie Isbester and Dr James Scott.

  • The judges are unable to comment on individual entries.

  • The judges’ decision is final and no individual correspondence can be entered into.

We won't share your contact information with third parties, nor will we keep your bank information if you share this with us. We keep a copy of the confirmation email to make sure everyone is fully informed. We might send you follow-up emails about Claret Press in the future unless you inform us otherwise. 


Claret Press reserves the right to amend these rules if deemed necessary. Any changes will be posted on this website.