We promote and encourage quality writing from amateurs and professionals alike, so the competition is open to everyone aged 16 or over by the closing date, 7 February 2018, not only in the UK, but overseas as well.  

  • Judge:  Rachel Seiffert
  • Sponsor:  www.pennyshorts.com
  • Entry fee:  £5 for stories up to 2,500 words. £8 for stories up to 5,000 words
  • Word Limit:  2,500 (£5) 5,000 (£8)
  • Deadline (Closing Date): 12 Midnight GMT, Weds 7 February 2018
  • First Prize:  £500
  • Second Prize:  £100
  • Third Prize: £50

The three winning stories will be published on the ChipLitFest website with author photos and biographies. There will also be the opportunity to feature on our sponsor’s website www.pennyshorts.com


Rachel Seiffert’s first novel, The Dark Room, (2001) was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and made into the feature film Lore. She was named one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists in 2003, and in 2011 received the EM Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.  Field Study, her collection of short stories, received an award from PEN International. Her second novel, Afterwards (2007) and third novel The Walk Home (2014) were longlisted for the Orange|Baileys Prize.  Her books have been published in eighteen languages.