Short Story Rules 2018



Supporting Maggie’s Cancer Centre

Part of the Bringing Dylan back to the Uplands Initiative

Dylan Thomas was a free spirit who grew up and was influenced by the ‘..lovely, ugly..’ town of Swansea. His poetry and prose reflected this love not only of the urban area but of the beauty of the Gower Peninsula and Mumbles.

There are two age groups – under 15 years old and 15 to under 19 years old. The cut-off date being 27th October 2018 – Dylan’s birthday.




  1. Questions Do not email or telephone to ask any questions about the competition before reading these rules thoroughly – we won’t be able to keep up! Everything you need to know is here – honest!


  1. Eligibility The competition is open to young people from anywhere in the world apart from employees and affiliates of the Dylan Thomas Birthplace and Clyne Farm Centre and their immediate families. No preference will be given in the judging to past, present or future clients of Dylan Thomas Birthplace or Clyne Farm Centre.


  1. Age Limits There will be two age categories


Category A under fifteen on 27th October 2018

Category B under nineteen on 27th October 2018


  1. Subjects The subject titles for each age group are given below. These are quotes from Dylan Thomas stories or poems. They have also been chosen to reflect that 2018 is the Visit Wales Year of the Sea. We are looking for a modern interpretation of the theme. Entries will be judged on originality, quality of language, clarity and presentation as well as the suitability of the work for both print and broadcasting


Category A   500 words “…a world within a world of the sea-town…”


Category B   2,500 words “…and I played on the waves of the sea…”


  1. Originality All entries must be original and unpublished (online, on paper or broadcasted) and not marketed elsewhere until after the announcement of the winning entries.


  1. Authors The entry must be the work of one author


  1. How to Enter There is a two stage process. First you need to follow the link to the PayPal payment page. Once you have made payment for the category and number of stories you will be directed back to the Entry Form. You must retain your Paypal Transaction ID and Paypal account name.





  1. Entry Fee The entry fees are shown above and include an administration fee and donation to Maggie’s Cancer Centre. Payment must be via our secure PayPal online link. You may enter a maximum of three stories and make one payment and one entry form. Multiple entries from one school, college or university may attract a group discount - please enquire.


  1. Format of Entries Entries will only be accepted in electronic format. These must be in a Word .doc copied and pasted into the Entry Form and free from any type of computer virus, worm, Trojan etc. The entries must saved and sent to us by email. Entries must be typewritten and double spaced and in 12 point font. Do not include page breaks. Entries will not be returned so please do not send the originals and make sure you keep a copy for yourself. At the head of each story should be typed the name of your story together with the word count. Make sure you fill in all other sections of the entry form and send to


  1. Entry Closing Date Entries must be emailed before midnight on 14th April 2018


  1. Winners Winners will be announced on 14th May 2018 - International Dylan Thomas Day - and their names will be posted on If you have not been contacted by this date you may assume that you are not a winner and may market your work elsewhere.


  1. Prizes In addition to prizes listed below the organisers reserve the rights to publish any entries received in an anthology which may be either printed or online.


Category A   First prize to value of £150 (GBP)

       under 15  Second prize to value of £50 (GBP)

                        Highly commended prizes to be announced

School, college, university of winning entry will receive prize to value of £50

All entrants will receive a year’s membership of the Dylan Thomas Society (value £10)


Category B   First prize to value of £500 (GBP)

       under 19  Second prize to value of £100 (GBP)

                        Highly commended prizes to be announced

School, college, university of winning entry will receive prize to value of £100

All entrants will receive a year’s membership of the Dylan Thomas Society (value £10)


  1. Judges The entries will be judged by a panel of writers and librarians   and a shortlist drawn up to be judged by a panel of judges to be announced


  1. Acknowledgement Entries will be acknowledged by email.


Chances of winning will depend on the number of eligible entries received. All entries will be judged and winners selected based on merit. Entries will be judged on the basis of clarity and presentation of the subject, quality of language, suitability for print and broadcast and originality of the subject treatment.

We can assume no responsibility for lost, late, misdirected or unintelligible entries or for any computer, online or technical malfunctions that may occur. No submissions will be accepted after the closing date for any reason. The sole determinant of time for the purposes of email entries will be our emails servers. We are not responsible for postal mail or email delivery problems, technical, hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections or failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmissions which may limit participants ability to participate.

By entering the contest participants release and hold us and our respective affiliates, directors, officers, employees and agents harmless from any and all liability for any injuries, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with the contest or any prize won.

The competition is governed by the laws of the England and Wales and any action against us must be commenced in the courts of Wales. This contest is void where prohibited by law. We are not responsible for unallowable or unlawful entries. Winners are responsible for reporting and paying applicable taxes on cash awards to the appropriate authorities.

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