InterAct's Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition 2020

Please watch the readings of our three shortlisted stories and the winner announced below!

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This year's three shortlisted stories, in no particular order, are:


'The English Lesson', written by Christine Harrison and read by Esme Bayley; 


'The Beach', written by Barbara Dynes and read by Mikhail Sen; 


'Corpse Pose', written by Philip Ellis and read by Allison Belbin. 


Three absolutely fantastic stories.We hope you enjoy hearing our three top stories as much as we enjoyed reading them. Congratulations to this year's winner, we will be in touch with you very soon!

Thank you from all of us here at InterAct for joining us (electronically) to celebrate all of the amazing entrants and fantastic stories! 


Due to technical difficulties we have had to re-upload the announcement in two parts. Apologies for the delay.


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.

Unfortunately, due to the current circumstances surrounding COVID19, we decided to cancel the event.

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!


Baroness Ruth Rendell with shortlisted entrant 2010

Admissions are now closed.


Three stories have now been shortlisted. Our winner will be announced at 5pm on 17th April!

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