Short Stories Competition for 11-18s March 2022

Entry Fee and Submission Criteria

Deadline 3rd March 2022

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 provide one chapter free to download or you can buy the whole book now if you prefer. Available from most eBook platforms and in paperback from Amazon, an audio version and on request from bookshops.

The submission survey includes a short easy quiz to demonstrate that you’ve read the extract. Don’t worry if you get a question wrong. When you download the book extract, we will ask for your email so that we can send you an email reminder when the submission link becomes available.

Download the free extract of Habitat Man here.

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 meet 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 All submissions must be in English, unpublished and be in line with the green stories criteria of showcasing positive visions of a more sustainable society or including green solutions into the context of an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.  

Length: We ask for a short story of between 2000 and 5000 words plus a synopsis between 300 and 800 words that covers genre, plot, characters, and details of how it meets the green stories criteria.  

Submit Here

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!

Invite Professor Denise Baden to speak at your school

Prof Denise Baden offers sessions to schools and colleges in the Southampton region (including Eastleigh, Winchester) talking about sustainability and introducing the free Green Stories short story competition. Events last ideally 2 hours (although there is some flexibility), with 20-60 attendees in any session. The school/college will provide the space. If interested email Denise directly to discuss.

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