Short Story Competition

Posted by Simon Fraser on 25 Feb 2016, 9:20 p.m.

Would you like to write a story?

Aspiring writers: we need you!

Roll up, roll up for an amazing opportunity for wordsmiths of all kinds. This Discworld Convention 2016 we will be running a fabulous short story competition. You are challenged to write a Drabble, containing a reference to music.

What is a Drabble, you (probably) ask? Well, it’s a 100 word short story, poem, invective or whatever you want it to be. The challenge is to keep it to that exact 100 word limit.

How to submit

Send your story to with the text written or pasted in the email, not as an attachment. Also include the story's title, and your membership number.

The submission deadline is midnight GMT, Sunday March 20th.


Submissions will be judged by an exquisite panel of… erm… judges. Fantasy writer extraordinaire Diane Duane, one of our supporting acts Mark Oshiro, our very own chairman Eelco Giele and the competition organiser himself, Orjan Westin - the mind behind @MicroSFF, a hugely popular twitter account.


The top 5 submissions will be given pride of place in our Souvenir Book, alongside Sir Terry’s own drabble ‘Incubust’.

The overall winner will have their story read out at the Discworld Convention by our master of Theatre and Vetinari-inspiration Stephen Briggs.


You will be able to read and vote for your favourite of the top 5 stories at the Convention itself.

The Rules

  • Only one submission per member..
  • The story must contain a reference to music.
  • The story must be all original work of the member submitting it (so no fanfic, no quotes from songs, poems or other works not in the public domain).
  • The story must not have been previously published online or in print, and may not be published online or in print before the convention.
  • By submitting, you grant Star Turtle Ltd (the convention) the right to first UK print (in the programme book, should it be selected by the jury) of your story. You retain all copyright.

How to write a Drabble

  • Text of story, not counting title, must consist of exactly one hundred words.
  • The title of the story may be no longer than seven words
  • Hyphenated-together words count as one word, as do words contracted with an apostrophe (e.g. don't, you're etc).
  • Scene-separators (e.g. * * * ) are not counted as words.