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Short Story Competition 2023

Are you a writer, or have you ever thought of writing a story? Our free short story competition is a great opportunity for writers and aspiring writers everywhere.


We are looking for stories of between 1000 and 2000 words.

The theme of the story is:




This year's theme was inspired by the 25 year anniversary of our venue Patriko.

Patriko is a greek word, meaning of or related to your father or your ancestors. You could say that your 'Patriko' is your ancestral home.

You are free to interpret the theme in any way you choose.

Prizes:  €100 worth of prizes thanks to the generous sponsorship of Greekscape

We are very pleased to announce that this year's judge is Deborah Swift

Closing Date: 30th November 2023

Send your entry to


The competition is free to enter.

The competition is open to everyone, anywhere in the world (including all participants in Mani Lit Fest, with the exception of any organisers directly involved in running the competition).

Send your entry to by the closing date of 30th November 2023.

Please send your entry in English and in either .doc or .docx format.

All entries will be judged anonymously. Please include your full contact details only in the body of the email when you enter.

By entering the competition, you give us the right to publish your story on our website if chosen.

Otherwise, the winner retains all rights to their work

The prize money will be allocated later according to the number of entries, and will be in the form of books, or book tokens wherever possible..

We look forward to receiving your entry!

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