Please read the guidelines and rules carefully before entering the competition. By entering the competition, you are implying that you accept all the rules and failure to adhere to those rules may result in disqualification.


  • There are two short story categories – 1) Any genre 2) Modern retelling of a classic Manx Fairy Tale set during the Covid-19 pandemic 
  • Short stories – 2,500 words maximum, no minimum; title not included in word count
  • The deadline for entries to be received is 5.00pm on Monday, 22nd June 2020
  • Each writer can submit a maximum of one story per category. There is no entry fee to take part
  • The judges’ favourite five entries in each category will win £100 each, the prizes sponsored by the ManSat Group. The winners will be announced by 31st July 2020
  • The prize is open to writers living in the Isle of Man - of any age or nationality, writing in English
  • Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant – evidence to the contrary may result in immediate disqualification
  • Entries must not have been published, self-published, published on any website, blog or online forum, or broadcast, nor winning or placed in any other competition
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed. However, your entry will become ineligible should it win another prize or be published elsewhere; in this event, you must inform Manx Litfest immediately
  • Entries for both categories are judged anonymously, so please ensure that you do not include any personal details on your entry
  • If entering by email – send your entries to
  • Include your name, address, contact number in the body of the email, along with title(s) of your entry/entries and word counts. Stories must be attached as WORD or PDF documents
  • We would prefer email entries. However, if you can only enter by post, please send entries to Manx Lockdown Fiction, c/o Manx Litfest, 8 Milner Close, Port Erin, IM9 6BG
  • Postal entries should include your name, address, contact number, title(s) of entry/entries and word counts on a separate cover sheet (not stapled to your entries)
  • If entering by post and you require an acknowledgement, enclose a stamped addressed postcard marked ‘Manx Lockdown Fiction'
  • The judges' decision is final and no individual correspondence will be entered into. Judges are unable to comment on individual entries
  • Entries can be withdrawn by notifying Manx Litfest in writing, either by email or post, to the above addresses