Don’t know if this has been more generally announced, but The Times is currently running a short story writing competition.

It doesn’t seem to have a specified name, but the feature it springs from is called ‘Brief Loves’, and the entry requirement is that you write a 300-word love story – examples of stories by established authors, and the invitation to submit your own story can be seen here.

They don’t give a closing date, and the prize seems to be publication in the Times, but it’s only 300 words and you can e-mail your submission, so it’s not exactly a lot of hassle to enter.

I think I’ll have a go – what about you? Do let me know…