Closed : Writing Prompt Contest #3

Stand a chance to be our number one!

All deadlines are at 11:59 PM UTC, on the specified date, 16 November.

Genre Fiction: Includes all sub-genres such as Romance, Horror, Science Fiction, Comedy, Action, etc.

Nonfiction: Includes all sub-genres such as General Nonfiction, Biographies, Autobiographies, Family Histories, Memoirs etc.


To participate in our fortnightly prompts, entrants “must” meet the following eligibility requirements:

N.B.: This competition is strictly opened to entrants who are aged 14 and above, from any country or region, at the time of entry.

For any questions about eligibility, please contact

1. Entrants may submit a maximum of two entries only, where they must be in English. Entries must not have been previously published or shortlisted for another prize. Also, entries published or shortlisted during the judging or publishing process will be disqualified.

2. Submissions must be made within the stated deadline, 16 November. Any submission after the deadline will be disregarded.

3. Submissions must reflect the theme stated, “Buckle-Down! 💪”.

4. The submission(s), excluding the title, must be between 1500 and 3000 words. Entries exceeding the word count requirements will be disqualified.

5. If submitting through email, the submission should be in either .pdf, .doc or .docx and in the following format:

• Double-spaced, Aparajita, Arabic Typesetting or Goudy Old Style font, 15-point size.

• The title of the story should appear at the top of the first page followed by the word count. No further information is required.

• Every page must be numbered.

6. The author’s name or detail must not be included anywhere on the document to be uploaded. The document must contain only the title, word count, and story. All entries are judged anonymously.

7. Submission is accepted only via email and the website. Entries can be sent to Once an entry has been submitted, no edits, replacements or exchanges will be accepted. If you wish to submit an edited or revised version of a previously submitted entry, you may enter it as a new submission, after you must have sent us an email so that we are fully aware of any change(s).

8.  The subject of the email should read: “Submission for The UKAF Essay Writing Prompt Contest #3”. The filename of the entry (i.e. the attached document) must be the title of the short story. In the body of the email tell us, briefly, about yourself, including such information as your legal name, age range, state of residence and social media networks. File size should not exceed 5 MB. Please ensure that in the body of the email, the entry’s genre/category and how you heard about us is stated.

9. Entrants agree as a condition of entry that the prize organisers may publicise the fact that a story has been entered, longlisted, or shortlisted for the prize.

10. By submitting an entry, the author agrees to its inclusion in an anthology should it be selected by the judges, and to work with editors to get the story ready for publication on our website.

11. By submitting an entry, the author attests that it is their original work and grants exclusive digital rights to UK’s Archive Of Figments should the entry be longlisted or selected for publication in the anthology. The copyright remains with the author.

12. The decisions of the judges in relation to the winning entries are final and not subject to appeal.

13. Longlisted and shortlisted writers will be expected to submit information necessary for publicising the prize on social media.

14. The winner will be expected to take part in publicity activities including social media where possible.

15. The author is who we will contact with any questions, updates etc. If you write under a pen name also, please indicate, as well, with your real name.

16. UKAF is not liable for any copyright infringement on the part of the entrant and will not become involved in copyright disputes. We reserve the right to reject work deemed unsuitable for publication or that does not meet all named criteria.

Winner Notification date, 23 November, refers to the date that all winners will be notified by.

Non-Winner Notification: Entrants not selected as winners will be notified individually via email on the same day as the winner notification date.

Buckle-Down! 💪

The days of October are finally gone; and November’s here to stay, for a full 30 days, with a non-stop writing experience and much more!

We love this month because of how joyous everyone gets with the preparations of their own personalised stories for the annual Novemberish competition, called the NaNoWriMo — National Novel Writing Month.

We, therefore, implore you, dear writer, to join us for this fortnight’s prompt on writing and how your characters would go about their daily lives mixing with their artistic world!

Write about a character getting ready to write a big novel this November, but has an external force, literally or not, causing him/her not to accomplish the goal.

Write about a character stuck on words for what to write for this annual writing competition.

Write about a character who encourages, or deters, someone from winning the writing competition.

Write about a character winning or becoming a runner-up in the competition.

Describe a character going through all means to win.




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