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The Failing Writers Podcast 2nd Annual Writing Competition in association with Scrivener

It must be (about) love.

Yes, it’s that time again…the time for you to get out your pens, quills, keyboards and coffee and start writing (after all, that is what this podcast was supposed to be about).

We want to read your love stories and we want to read them sooooo much we’re offering a first prize of £300 to the best. But it’s not all about the money, oh deary me no. As well as £300 of cold hard cash, the winner will have their story turned into a piece of audio drama by a team of professional voice actors and broadcast on this very podcast.

And even THAT is not all as we’ve teamed up with the lovely people at Scrivener to give away free copies of their amazing writing software as runners-up prizes.

So, what do you have to do to win this amazing prize? Well, I’ll tell you…all you have to do is write a love story. That is, a story with a theme of love.

It doesn’t have to be traditional romantic fiction (although it could be) it just has to be a story that somehow contains the theme of love. It has to be 500 words or less and it has to include a particular phrase.

Just listen to episode 19 of season 2 for a specific word or phrase that you MUST include in the story. To make sure you don’t miss it subscribe to our podcast or sign up to our newsletter. Then email your masterpiece to us at by midday on Monday 19th September.

And that’s it!

Full terms, conditions and entry requirements are below so please make sure you read them first as we wouldn’t want you to miss out on a technicality.

Good luck!

Lots of love

The Failing Writers

Terms & Conditions


Entry is open to any writer worldwide over the age of 18 and entries must be the original and unpublished work of the entrant which is not currently submitted for publication nor for any other competition or award. One entry per entrant.

Free to enter.

There is no entry fee and no purchase is necessary.


Entries must be emailed to by 12:00 on Monday 19th September in pdf, doc, docx or txt formats. Please include a front page stating your name, country, daytime telephone number and email address. Please also state story title and word count. Maximum word count 500 words (excluding title). All other specific entry requirements can be found in Episode 19 – Season 2 of the podcast available from Monday 29th August at


Any personal data relating to entrants will be used solely for the purpose of contacting the winners and will not be disclosed to a third party. Winners will be announced on our social channels including publishing the name and country of location of the winner.

Competition Judging

Judges will assess entries on originality, creativity, characterisation and readability. Their decision will be final, with no correspondence being entered into.


Winners will be revealed on Monday October 3rd. The Failing Writers Podcast retain the right to publish winning entries in the podcast and in online posts (including on and all social media channels) which shall remain freely available online indefinitely. We also reserve the right to publish winning entries in an anthology at an unspecified future date either in print or online. Entrants retain copyright in their work.


The prize of £300 shall be paid in pounds sterling via Paypal within 2 weeks of the winner being revealed.


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