'Oh, I could never enter a competition!' If you've ever said that then this is the place for you.

We are taking a gamble here with a creative 'anything goes' approach. We want you to take a gamble too and do something you have never done before (or maybe only once or twice). We only ask that you keep your piece short. We cannot do justice to 10.000 word items. You can illustrate it or not, present it in cartoon form,  whatever you wish. You are not too young or too old You may not be firing on all cylinders mentally or physically. You may be living in a home or trapped at home with ten children. We don't care. You are all beloved children of the Universe. We want to hear about you, your life, your hopes, your dreams, your wishes, your stories.

Please read this carefully before sending in entries.

Pieces must be short, clearly written and given a title. It must be possible to send them by email. No postal entries accepted.

Items may be illustrated.

Items must be written in English.

If you are under 12 years old please put a small red heart in the top righthand corner of your work.

If you are over seventy please put two hearts.

If you are in a monastery, prison, home, onboard ship or otherwise in an enclosed situation please put three hearts.

If you are not firing on all cylinders (You know who you are) then please put five hearts.

Please add a separate sheet with your name, email address and telephone number and the name of your work. The same name of your work should also be on the work itself.

Entries cost 6€/£5. If you are paying by Paypal or Stripe please attach the reference number to the separate sheet.

Sterling and non-French euro payments can only be made via Paypal or Stripe. No sterling cheques please.

Your work should not have been previously published or self-published, whether in physical or electronic form.

It must be your original work.

You may submit as many items as you like, using an entry form.

No entrant may win more than one prize . There is no cash substitute for prizes in kind.

The judge’s decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.

Please keep your original work as we will not be able to return copies.

Judging will be like in 'Strictly come dancing' finals. We will select about ten items and publish them on site then the public will be asked to vote.


Amuse Bouche


Amuse Bouche


Entries must be the original work of the author in English and should not have been published, self-published, broadcast or posted on the internet. Entries should be short and may or may not be illustrated. Don't forget your hearts.

No identification of authorship should appear on the submission. Please include a separate cover note with your name address, tel. no. and email address together with a list of your titles

How to enter

By email Your cover note may be an attachment or included in the main body of the email. Each entry must be in a separate word attachment or PDF. Send to pennibwritingcomp@gmail.com

By post

No postal entries for this category.

How to pay

By cheque made out to Assocn. Les Projets Bookstop/The Bookstop Projects. Euro cheques are acceptable only if issued from a French bank account. Payments may be made through Paypal or Stripe.

Sterling or other currency payments must be transferred to our French bank account by Paypal or Stripe. No sterling cheques please.

When paying please note your transaction number and add it to your cover note.