How to Enter


Submission Dates

Deadline extended for 14 to 17 category until 6pm on 28th April 2019.

Submissions for the 18+ category will be accepted from 9am (GMT) on Saturday 12th January until 6pm on Sunday 31st March 2019.

Who Can Enter?

The competition is open only to writers who are unpublished and who live in Scotland. Please refer to our T&Cs for further information and clarification.

How old do I have to be to take part?

Prizes will be awarded in two age categories: 14 to 17 years of age, and 18 plus.

So if you are between 14 and 17 on the final submission date of 31st March 2019, you can submit your story in the 14 to 17 Age category, and if you are 18 and older on that date, the 18+ category is for you.

How To Enter

Applicants are encouraged to make their submission online as early as possible before the deadline. If applicants are unable to access the online Entry Form, entries can be submitted by post.

Instructions for Online Entry (Preferable Method)

1. Read the Entry Terms and Conditions here thoroughly to check the author whose work is due to be submitted and their short story are eligible for the Award. Submission of an entry is taken as acceptance of all the Terms and Conditions.

2. Format the short story as per the following instructions:

  • Written in English, Scots or Gaelic (with translation in English)

  • A maximum of 2,000 words

  • Typed

  • Font: Times, 12pt

  • Double spaced

  • Include a front page which details the Title of Story and the Word Count

  • No author’s name included anywhere on the story

3. Only one story per author

4. Save the short story in Microsoft Word.doc or .docx format with the Title of Story in the file name.

5. Submit the story via the online entry form on the Shoreline of Infinity website.

Instructions for Postal Entry
For Postal Entry, please print out a copy of the Postal Entry Form, fill it in and send it together with and send it with eight (8) copies of the short story in the post to:
CYMERA Short Story Competition; c/a A. Landmann, 216/1 Newhaven Road, Edinburgh, EH6 4QE

The Postal Entry Form can be downloaded here.