EcoSanta Short Story Competition (deadline 30th Nov 2022)

Aim of Competition

Green Stories has partnered with Ecologisers to bring you ANOTHER green writing competition. This time with a Christmas theme!

Ecologisers are the Young People’s International Anti-litter and Environmental Charity. They have a ten-year project to publicise, promote and popularise ‘EcoSanta’ as the Children’s Environmental Champion of the future. Furthermore, to do this by any and all means that come to the creative heart and imaginative mind. The annual EcoSanta Short Story Competition is one such project.

Entry Fee and Submission Criteria

The competition opens on 1st June 2022, and the deadline is the 30th of November 2022.

Submission Guidelines: Email your short story to either in a PDF or doc format before the closing deadline. Note. There is a glitch with the email – if you get a response saying it hasn’t been received – don’t worry – it has! This is being dealt with,

We are keen to encourage quality submissions, so suggest writers to check their stories before submitting using Prowritingaid. They have free and paid versions and are the best writing software we know to help improve grammar, readability and check for repetition, ‘sticky’ sentences and suggest alternatives.

Entry Fee: £5 (or $ equivalent) which can be paid here. Your payment will go directly to Ecologisers, the Young People’s Anti-Litter and Environmental Charity, to help with their mission and will also allow you to download an eBook version of ‘How Santa Became EcoSanta’ by Gaia Dance.

Length and Eligibility: The EcoSanta Short Story Competition is open to ALL for a short story of up to 1,000 words. People from any nationality can submit, as long as the story is in English and has not been published elsewhere.

The theme for the 2022 EcoSanta Short Story Competition is: How EcoSanta makes the transition to this new identity of becoming the Children’s Ecological Champion in everyone’s mind. What does he do? How does this happen? Is it something EcoSanta does himself? Is a child or children responsible for EcoSanta’s meteoric rise to the top of the Global Eco-Heroes tree? Or does some outside agency cause a magical transformation of the public image of dear old Santa? You decide! Don’t make it too easy for EcoSanta! Otherwise, there will be no exciting story to tell!

Next year we may consider an Eco Santa Christmas card competition if we can get a charity to partner with us to sell the best entries. We’d like to reclaim Santa for the environment rather than excess consumption!

Prize: £100 for the winner

For any questions relating to the EcoSanta Short Story competition contact Ecologisers on

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You can find out more about Ecologisers on their website, and about EcoSanta here.