Member Competitions

2021 TWI Writing Competition

We are back!

With 2020 now behind, we are kicking off the new year with our 2021 Writing Competition. It may be an opportunity to achieve your your short term writing goals, or you may want to brush up on your writing skills, or share the stories milling in your head with others. The monthly winning story will be awarded a prize, and an offer to feature the story in our next anthology. 

Our competition judges will select the monthly theme/prompt and genre for submission, so you can expect to challenge yourself in styles/genres that you normally wouldn’t write or attempt.

Good luck!

This competition is open to TWI financial members only.

The September prompt is:


Submission guidelines

Short story: Suspense

Do not use the prompt as the title.

Note: The September writing competition is the last one for this calendar year. We will return in early 2022!

Length and Formatting Guidelines

• Word limit: 0-800 words (no entry over 800 words will be considered)
• Include the title, genre (if applicable) and word count on the first page
Do not include your name anywhere on the manuscript
Format: Times New Roman, 12 point, left aligned, double line spacing, indent each first line, page number bottom right, one space after full stop, ‘single quotations’ for dialogue, no underline, no extra line between paragraphs. Please submit your entry in a Word format.

To help you format a writing template (in Word), you can download a useful guide below.

Formatting your document for competition

Up to two entries can be submitted (there is no fee). Please note that by submitting entries you agree to have the work published on the TWI website. The author of the work retains their full copyright at all times.

How to submit
Send your submission and  your name including your phone number and email address (within the body of the email) to:

Deadline for submissions: Friday 17 September
The winner and runners up will be announced at our September member meeting. 



SEPTEMBER: What the Neighbour/s Saw
Winner: Neighbourhood Watch by Bhama Daly
2nd and 3rd places: Tap Tap Tapping by Jennifer Marsden; A Shocking Ensemble by Phillip Dowsett

AUGUST: The Function
Winner: Destroying Cleisthenes’s Legacy by Ken Coterill
2nd and 3rd places: The Belle of the Ball by Philippe Savidis; The Pearl in Me by Oonagh Prettejohn

JULY: Leaving
Winner: The Memory Palace by Jennifer Marsden
2nd and 3rd places: Timing is Everything by Philippe Savidis, The Hermit by Phillip Dowsett

JUNE: Carpe Diem
Winner: As Time Goes Bye by Fiona Landau
2nd and 3rd places: Samoan Princess by Robyn Kienzle, The Norwegian by Philippe Savidis

MAY: ‘This is adding insult to injuries.’ The Foundling, by Edward Moore (1712-1757)
Winner: Confidence Born of Love by Jennifer Marsden
2nd and 3rd places: Unfiltered Views by Robyn Kienzle, The Karens by Jeanette McInnes

APRIL: The Face at the Window
Winner: Phantom’s Pulse by Des O’Neil
2nd and 3rd places: TomTom by Fay McGrath; The Face in the Window by Alison Hooker

MARCH: The Second Life
Winner: Meg’s In Charge by Fay McGrath
2nd and 3rd places: Big Boy by Jennifer Marsden, Warup Days by Lenora Thaker

FEBRUARY: One False Step
Winner: Friend Request by Philippe Savidis
2nd and 3rd places: Dally Not by Des O’Neill, Bad Timing by Jennifer Marsden