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A Leicester writing competition has returned for its sixth year and is now inviting entries from across the county.

The Leicester Writes Short Story Prize is organised by Leicester independent publisher, Dahlia Books. It is looking for short stories of up to 3,500 words on any theme or subject.

Publisher, Farhana Shaikh said she was looking forward to this year’s launch, following the huge success of last year’s competition.

“Last year, we received hundreds of entries, some from as far as India”, she revealed.

“We know people are writing short stories and more people than ever are reading them. As publishers of short fiction, we want to support this growth. As ever, we’re keen to unearth some raw talent and support people’s creative endeavours”.

The competition is open to writers all over the world but entries from local residents is encouraged. An esteemed judging panel consisting of writers Rebecca Burns, Laura Besley, and Reshma Ruia, will help pick a winner.

The winner will receive a £175 with two runner-up cash prizes. A long-list will be published in an anthology and launched during the annual Short Story September celebrations later in the year.

Entries can be made online at

The closing date for entries is June 20, 2022.

To find out more about Dahlia Books, which was shortlisted for the region’s Small Press of the Year at the British Book Awards last year, visit: