For published and aspiring writers alike – enter a free annual short story competition and be in with a chance of winning a place on one of Arvon’s four- or six-day Clockhouse writing retreats, as well as seeing your story published online.

To enter, all you have to do is submit a short story (for adults) of no more than 2,000 words. Unlike previous years, there’s no theme for you to base your story on; all you have to do is make sure you’re registered with the website, the subject line of your email reads ‘W&A Short Story Competition 2019’ and you send it to waybcompetitions@bloomsbury.com.

The closing date for entries is midnight on Wednesday 13th February, 2019. The winner of the competition – along with two runners-up – will be announced online in March 2019.

Full terms and conditions are here.