Willowdown Books

Short Story Competition

First Prize $100, winner and five runners-up published in paperback and available on Amazon by the end of the year*

CLOSING DATE 31st March, 2017







The prize is in honour of RH Cunningham, the grandfather of the editor, who served in World War Two in the Royal Navy, and later joined the Merchant Navy and served as Chief Steward.   He travelled the world, and so the object of each story should be to open the reader’s eyes to the world we live in, or shed an interesting perspective on past or present events, or reflect on personal and social journeys; in essence, to look at the world anew.  This can mean the theme is travel, or nature, or society, but is not restricted to these.







Please ensure you read the terms and conditions  before submitting your short story






£10 for 1 Story

$12.25 for 1 Story

£15 for 2 Stories

$18.25 for 2 Stories

£17.50 3 Stories

$21.50 for 3 Stories





Short stories should be fiction, but can be based on true life, and should be between 1,000 and 2,000 words, in English, and in the spirit of the theme above.  For example, the following are unlikely to be accepted, pornography, fan fiction, non-fiction, and so on.  Common sense, one would hope, will prevail.   Complete terms and conditions click here . *The judges' decision is final and no individual correspondence can be entered into.  Willowdown Books reserves the right not to award the prize, or not to publish the anthology if insufficient entries are deemed to be of a suitable quality.








 terms and conditions

Poetry Available from Willowndown Books





The Poetic Bond Vol I-VI

130 poets from 23 countries



Grey Sun, Dark Moon

By Trevor Maynard



Echoes in the Earth

By Pushpita Awasthi

Press Release 


The Watcher From The Beacon

By Pete Soron















Willowdown Books also offer a bespoke editing and publication service to publish your poetry collection






Fees start from $800/£660

Includes (if accepted for publication)

Your work professional edited

Internal formatting

Front and back cover formatting

ISBN and administration

Publication on Amazon

Discounted copies to the author

Royalty paid per copy sold


Please Note:  The minimum number of poems in a collection is fifty, this is generally selected from a pool of one hundred. 

There is a reading fee of $100, which is refundable if the work is considered of a publishable quality.  We do not publish just anything, your work has to be considered of a high enough quality by the editor.  Copyright remains with the author.


Website © Trevor Maynard, 2017