Rules & How to Submit

We are now closed for submissions for our 5 November 2017 event

The theme was 'All you need is love. Or is it?

We closed for submissions at the end of Saturday 23 September.

Rules for the 5 November 2017 event -
  1. Submissions will be considered from writers who were born in Gloucestershire or South Gloucestershire, or who currently live, or work, or study, or are a member of a writers' group in either county.
  2. There is no charge for submissions.
  3. A maximum of two stories per author may be submitted.
  4. Stories may be previously published or unpublished.
  5. Authors must be 16 or over at the time of the event.
  6. Poetry and children's fiction will not be accepted.
  7. Stories must be between 500 and 1,500 words (excluding the title).
  8. Submissions must be received by the end of Saturday 23 September 2017.
  9. Stories can only be submitted by email to 
  10. Writers must be available to read at the SSS event on the evening of Sunday 5 November at the SVA, John Street, Stroud. Please do not enter your work unless you can be there.
  11. Writers chosen to read may not submit to two consecutive SSS events.
  12. Although submissions are judged 'blind', no relatives/family members of the SSS organiser, administrator or judges may submit.
  13. The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into. 

How to Submit -
Our submissions process ensures that our judges select the ten stories to be read without knowing the names of the authors.

This is how to submit your stories -

  1. Please read the rules above before submitting.
  2. Email your stories to
  3. Attach your story in pdf, doc or docx format.
  4. Please do NOT include any details about yourself on your story. Include only the title of your story and the word count on your story attachment.
  5. In the covering email include your name, email, phone number, the title of your story (for cross referencing), the name of your village, town or city, and your connection with Gloucestershire/South Gloucestershire if it is other than where you live.
  6. Please give your story a title different from the name of the theme ie NOT 'All you need is love'.
  7. The closing date for submissions is the end of Saturday 23 September 2017.
  8. The receipt of your submissions will be acknowledged electronically. If there is a problem we will email you.
  9. You will be informed by email of the ten stories selected to be read by their authors no later than 27 October 2017.