InterAct's Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition 2020

Named in honour of our beloved patron, the late Ruth Rendell, our biennial short story competition is great chance to get your creative juices flowing.

We never have a theme or a brief, just a word count of 1000 words and a reminder that your story (or stories) needs to be written with the stroke survivor in mind. If you win, your story will be read to stroke patients in hospitals across the UK so please make sure yours is suitable for the sensitive environment of a hospital ward.

The winner becomes this years writer in residence and receives a grand prize of £1,000!

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                       Admissions are now closed.


Three stories have now been shortlisted. Our winner will be announced 17th April 2020!

We had planned to have an awards ceremony at the Orange Tree Theatre, in Richmond, on 17th April 2020. We had a great line-up planned, with readings from InterAct Actors and some amazing guest speakers.

Baroness Ruth Rendell with shortlisted entrant 2010

Unfortunately, due to the current circumstances surrounding COVID19, we have decided to cancel the event. We will, however, be doing a video announcement on the day, sharing live readings of the shortlisted stories and the verdict of this years head judge Dame Margaret Drabble on the winner.


So please tune in and join us (electronically) to celebrate all of the amazing entrants on Friday 17th April 2020!  

More information to come!

*Terms and Conditions apply. Please read all before entering the competition.