Write a short story for Amnesty International

We invite you to enter our short story competition on the theme of "Borders".

The competition is for original, unpublished, fictional stories written in English with a maximum of 1700 words.  The theme of "Borders" can be set in any place or time.

We will short-list submissions to ten top entries before a final round is judged by Fiona Shaw, York-based author of four novels and the widely reviewed memoir Out of Me.
The winning writer will receive £50.00, a signed first edition of Fiona Shaw's latest novel, and the story published on this website.  The winner's name, along with the names of two runners-up will also be published here.
Entrants must be 16 years of age or over and based in the UK.  Entries should not have been short-listed in or won any other writing competitions.  You may submit as many entries as you wish, each entry accompanied by the £5.00 fee.
Submitting your entry:
Submissions must be double-spaced on numbered pages, typed in 12pt font.  The title, author's name, email and postal address, telephone number and word count should appear on the cover page.  Only the title should appear in a footer at the bottom of each page.
Online submissions should be sent by email attachment as Word documents to
The author's name and the story title should appear in the subject line of the email.
Paper submissions as above and posted to "Competition Secretary, 79 Ouse Lea, York YO30 6SA."
Final submission date: 10 December, 2017 (Human Rights Day)
Winner to be notified by 15 March, 2018.
Payment: £5.00 per entry.
By cheque or postal order payable to "Amnesty International York" and posted to "Competition Secretary, 79 Ouse Lea, York YO30 6SA."  For purposes of matching entry to payment, please write your full name on the back of the cheque and in an accompanying note indicate your submission as online or paper.
Enquiries about submissions and payment to
We reserve the right to publish any or all of the submissions received.
All competition proceeds will go towards Amnesty's human rights campaigns.