InterAct Stroke Support's

Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition 2022

is now OPEN!

We launched our 8th Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition on Monday 2nd August 2021

The winner of the competition will be commissioned to write four further stories for InterAct Stroke Support over the course of one year, and will receive £1,000 in payment.

Baroness Ruth Rendell 2012

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.


The challenge is to write a short story in any genre, with no more than 1000 words. We are looking for positive stories as they will be read in the sensitive environment of a hospital setting.


A £15 entry fee is applicable to each story entered.

The winner will be chosen by head judge Dame Margaret Drabble who will

present the award at a ceremony to be held in Spring 2022.

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

How to enter?


Paypal and Email
Pay your £15.00 per story submission fee via Paypal. Send your Paypal receipt and attach your story(ies) in an email to


Cheque and Post

Alternatively, you can send your submission to us in the post and include a cheque for £15.00 per story made out to ‘InterAct Stroke Support’.

Postal entries must be typed, single-sided, with pages numbered and unstapled. Stapled entries will not be accepted. Please include a covering letter detailing the entrant’s name, contact details, how you heard about the Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition and the word count of the story. The entrant’s name and contact details must not appear anywhere on the manuscript of the submitted story. Send postal entries to:

Short Story Competition,
InterAct Stroke Support,

8 Holyrood Street,




Please enclose a stamped addressed postcard marked 'ACKNOWLEDGEMENT' if you require acknowledgement of receipt of your postal entry.

Closing date for all entries is 5pm, Tuesday 21st December 2021.