YMC Short Story Competition 2018

“I’m interested in people who aren’t the lucky ones, who maybe have a tougher time surviving, and telling their story.”



This quote is the theme of our Short Story Competition.

The stories may range from New York street kids to tattooed Tokyo yakuza and motorbike gangs to circus performers. But they can also be about those every-day heroes we often tend to overlook.

The man next door, with the watery eyes; that girl we got a glimpse of at the tram; the mother of our classmate with the carefully concealed bruise on her face…after all each one of us has a story to tell…


  • Entries are to be sent by email to: YMCgreece@gmail.com
  • Please format your email subject line as follows: ‘Competition Entry – Your Name’. 

Key Dates

Early submissions will be accepted from the 1st April 2017.

From 1st May 2018 to 31st July 2018, the entry fee will be: 10 Euros for each story submitted, via Paypal. The collected amount will go towards the First Prize, which will be paid via PayPal in October 2018. The second and third winner will get an honorary mention, while all of the shortlisted stories will be included in the publication of a booklet after the end of the competition. 

The competition closes to entries at 11.59pm GMT  on 31st July 2018. We intend this to be the first round of a series of annual competitions, so stories received after this deadline will be entered into next year’s competition, which opens immediately after the current contest closes.

The shortlist will be announced on this website by 20th September 2018.

Winners will be contacted by email or telephone by 30th September 2018 and announced on this website, by 1st October 2018.

The Rules

They’re quite simple, but please read them carefully.

  • The competition is open to authors, or aspiring authors, residing anywhere in the world.
  • All stories must be written in English.
  • Stories entered into the competition can be previously published. This also means you can submit your work elsewhere at the same time as entering it into this competition. If your story is accepted elsewhere, it will still be eligible for this competition and will not be disqualified.
  • There is no need to use UK English spellings. If you’re American, for example, just use US spellings. We may edit stories into UK spellings if they’re selected for publication in the anthology for the sake of consistency.
  • Stories must be no longer than 2,500 (two-thousand five-hundred) words in length. 
  • There is no minimum word count.
  • Formatting: Use a clear font that's easy to read, like Times New Roman or Arial. No fancy fonts or colours please.
    • Send your work in .doc, .docx or .rtf format. 
  • Entry fee:
    • There is an entry fee of 10 Euros for each separate submission, in the form of Donation to YMC, via Paypal:
    • Please submit the donation before sending your entry.
    • The collected amount will go towards the First Prize, and Prize money for the winner will be paid via PayPal in October 2018. The second and third winner will get an honorary mention, while all of the shortlisted stories will be included in the publication of a booklet at after the end of the competition. 
  • Entries are to be sent by email to: YMCgreece@gmail.com
  • Please format your email subject line as follows: ‘Competition Entry – Your Name’. 
  • Please include your nameaddress (including country), telephone number, your PayPal email address (if different from the email address used to send your entry) and a brief biography (up to 200 words max) in the email. Also attach a picture of yourself so we can use it with your bio on this website should you be shortlisted or win the competition.
  • Each author can enter the competition up to 3 times maximum. Each author can only win 1 prize.
  • Once an entry is received, no refunds of the entry fee will be given under any circumstances.
  • Submission of an entry is taken as acceptance of all the Terms and Conditions

In the unlikely event of circumstances arising outside of our control, YMC reserves the right to cancel the competition at any time. 

The types of Short Stories we're looking for

This is an open competition, so any style or genre of story will be considered, including children’s, as long as it is original material and directly or indirectly related to the theme above. 

We look for imaginative stories that are engaging, with strong characters that grip a reader and are compelling to read to the (very satisfying) end. We do appreciate any genre of writing that is well composed and gripping. So, any style of story has a chance in this competition. 

Some tips to bear in mind when writing for this competition:

  1. Avoid clichés - come up with an original way of saying something in a unique voice rather than using hackneyed old phrases that have been used a gazillion times before.
  2. Be imaginative and invent original, interesting storylines that we are unlikely to have seen before.
  3. Proofread your work carefully - multiple typos result in you losing marks during the judging process.
  4. Check the rules of the competition carefully before submition:
    1. If a submitted story is over 2,500 words in length (including the title).
    2. If the entry fee is not paid, the submitted story is rejected.
    3. Remember to enjoy the process of writing and competing with many other young aspiring writers from all over the world.

Terms and Conditions

  1. All entries are read and judged by YMC personel, who will judge and compile the shortlist.
  2. The shortlisted entries will be read independently by members of our international network of Youth organisations. The highest scoring stories will win. This judging method is undertaken to incorporate a variety of reading tastes, giving the fairest result.
  3. YMC reserves the right to refuse entry to the competition for any reason at his absolute discretion.
  4. Winners will be contacted personally by email or by telephone.
  5. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  6. Every story submitted must be original, fictional, and entirely the author’s own work.
  7. By submitting a story to the competition it is warranted by the author that the story is original, fictional, and entirely the author’s own work. The author warrants that the story they have entered does not infringe the copyright or any other rights of any third party and is not libellous, unlawful or defamatory of any living person or corporate body.
  8. By submitting a story to YMC the entrant hereby acknowledges and agrees that, free of any fees or royalty payments, their short story, biography and photo:
    • will be made available for publication or any other promotional use by YMC;
    • may be read out or reproduced as a podcast, and broadcast (in whole or in part) via any medium;
    • can be used (in whole or in part) in advertising and marketing material in any format via any medium.
  9. Each story included in the anthology will be edited into a consistent, professional format for publication.
  10. All copyright remains with the author.
  11. Each entrant will be added to my email list so they receive competition news. Every email I send will have an unsubscribe option.
  12. YMC will not share any of your personal details with anyone else, ever.

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