Short Story Prize

1st Prize: CHF 250 | 2nd Prize: CHF 125 | 3rd Prize CHF 100*

All shortlisted writers are invited to the  Writing Workshop, the Winner’s Reception and will receive a copy of The Anthology

Submissions: Stories can be submitted from 26th October 2020 until midday, 2nd April 2021.

Shortlisted students will be contacted at the end of April and invited to the Workshop and Reception to take place at the end of May 2021.

Submission is free, but is limited to one story per student. Students may submit to both the Poetry Prize and the Short Story Prize.


Caroline Bishop, the Short Story Prize Judge has chosen ‘Family’ as this year’s Theme. She writes:

“Family plays a central role in the two novels I’ve written so far, and I think it plays a central role in most people’s lives – not always in the traditional sense, but in some way or other.

Family might refer to parents, grandparents and siblings, of course. But close friends may also be considered family, or a beloved pet. You may choose to write about estranged cousins or family members who live in different countries (or on different planets!) or people who don’t even realise they are family just yet.

I’m not looking for you to write about your own families, but to use these kinds of relationships as inspiration for your story – in whatever tense, form or style you wish.

Mostly, I’m looking for writing that engages me right from the very first sentence, for vivid, interesting characters I can imagine meeting, and stories that provoke strong emotion – whether they make me laugh, cry or think about something in a different way. 

Word Limit: There is a 1,000 word limit, not including the title.

Entry requirements: The Short Story Prize is open to any student high-school-aged student in Swiss public upper-secondary education. There are currently no age divisions, however students must note whether they are mother-tongue English speakers, or following a bi-lingual study programme, and whether they are studying for the Maturity Certificate. The competition is not open to students from schools where the teaching is primarily in English, such as international schools, or students studying for international examinations.

Please read the rules before submitting.

*Prizes are paid in 50% cash/50% book tokens