Short Stories Competition for under 18s March 2022

Entry Fee and Submission Criteria

Entry Fee: Free*

* but entrants must show they have read at least one chapter from successfully published pieces from the Green Stories project that provide an example of entertaining mainstream fiction that meets the criteria of showing green solutions (not just problems) that readers can engage with. This year the book is Habitat Man, an eco-themed rom-com written specifically for the green stories project. Green Stories will provide one chapter free to download by the end of September or you can buy the whole book now if you prefer. The submission survey (link available 2 months before the deadline) will include a short easy quiz to demonstrate that you’ve read the extract.

The reason is that over the previous 12 competitions, we have found that as it is free to enter, a large burden has been placed on our judges reading large numbers of entries that do not met the criteria.


Open to all 11 – 18-year-olds. All submissions must be in English, unpublished and be in line with the green stories criteria of showcasing positive visions of a more sustainable society or including green solutions into the context of an otherwise mainstream story.  

Submission details and link will be provided two months before the deadline.

Judging Criteria

Entries must either present a positive vision of what a sustainable society might look like or include green solutions/policies/characters in the context of an otherwise mainstream story. It does NOT have to have an explicitly green theme, as green solutions can be smuggled in quite subtly – for ideas see our resources page. Conversely, stories that have an explicitly green theme but simply point out problems without including solutions also will not meet the criteria – make sure to have a read of our full guidelines beforehand.

Prizes: £200 for the winner

The main prize for the winner is £200 in cash! However, all entrants will also be invited to the following event:

Helping you achieve success: A workshop on writing green stories will be held in November 2021, either virtually or physically at interested schools or at the University of Southampton (TBC).  Sign up for our mailing list, or follow us on TwitterInstagram or Facebook.