Short Story Prize

1st Prize: CHF 100 | 2nd Prize: CHF 75 | 3rd Prize CHF 50*

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 Sunday, 17th October, 2021 until midday, 1st April 2022.

Shortlisted students will be contacted at the end of April and invited to the Workshop and Reception to take place on the 22nd May 2022.

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


Short-story-judge Paul Lynch has chosen the theme, “Offline” for this year’s competition.

What is Paul looking for in a short story?

“What makes a story unique? We might say that a story has a special quality when the writer has put what is unique to them into the writing. You are unlike anybody else and you must use this in your writing. Only you, the writer, can see the world the way you do. So use your eyes and ears and what you know of the world, and use your imagination and not somebody else’s. You’ll know your story is a good story when nobody else but you could have written it.”

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