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Inaugural Short Story Competition

Theme: RAW

Every issue of The Woolf follows a theme. In March 2018, we’ll be interrogating the theme “Raw”.

Your challenge is to write a story of up to 2,000 words inspired by the same theme. Interpret it however you like. Release your imagination, and get writing.


  • 1st Prize – 150 CHF plus publication in the March 2018 issue of The Woolf
  • 2nd Prize – 100 CHF plus publication in the March 2018 issue of The Woolf
  • 3rd Prize – 50 CHF plus publication in the March 2018 issue of The Woolf

Closing Date

1st December 2017 (midnight CET).


A shortlist will be publicly announced on 1st February, 2018. Shortlistees will be notified in advance via email.


All three winning entries will be published in The Woolf March 2018 issue. All entrants will be notified in advance via email with the results.

Judge: Anne Korkeakivi

Anne Korkeakivi

Anne Korkeakivi is the author of the novels An Unexpected Guest (2012) and Shining Sea (2016), both from Little, Brown. Her short fiction and nonfiction have been published by the Atlantic, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Times (UK), Travel & Leisure, Time, Ms., Architectural Digest, the Yale Review, the Bellevue Literary Review, The Millions, Literary Hub, and many other periodicals in the US, the UK, and online. An essay that ran originally in Brain, Child was chosen for Best Women’s Travel Writing, Vol. 10. She is a Hawthornden Fellow and recipient of the Lois Kahn Wallace Writers Award.

Anne holds a BA in Classics from Bowdoin College and an MA in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. She was born in New York City, raised there and in western Massachusetts, and has since lived also in any number of places, including Helsinki, Finland; Los Angeles; Washington, DC; Cambridge, MA; and Strasbourg in eastern France, from where she worked for the publisher Flammarion and traveled to Paris often. She currently splits her time between New York City and Geneva, Switzerland, where her husband is a human-rights lawyer with the UN. They have two daughters.


To Enter

You can enter by Post or online via PayPal.


  1. Pay the submission fee of CHF 20 with PayPal by clicking on the link below, and make sure you record the Transaction ID.

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  2. When your payment has been processed you will be redirected to the entry form, where you can upload your Word file. You will need to enter your PayPal Transaction ID at the top. If you close the page by mistake, you can always continue the process at:

  3. If you have any problems completing the online entry form, please email your Word Document to In your email body only (not in your attachment) please include: Your first and last name, your address, your email address, your PayPal Transaction ID and your word count.

By Post

  1. Print out and complete a cover letter. You can download a PDF by clicking this link: COVER LETTER. Or you can paste this link into your browser:
  2. Print out your story on A4 paper, making sure your formatting is: double-spaced, 12-point, Times New Roman. Make sure your name is ONLY on your attached cover letter, NOT on your story. We cannot accept stories with an author name on them.
  3. Include your entry payment in the envelope with your submission, or make a deposit to this account:
    *  Bank: Postfinance, Berne
    *  IBAN: CH77 0900 0000 8967 2796 7
    *  Account: The Woolf, Zurich
  4. Post your entry to:
    *  The Woolf Short Story Competition
    *  Schützenwies 5
    *  8926 Kappel am Albis
    *  Switzerland

Good luck!

Competition Rules

✎ Each entry submitted is 20 CHF.
✎ You may submit more than one entry.
✎ Entries may be up to, but not exceeding, 2’000 words, excluding your story’s title.
✎ Entries can be published OR unpublished.
✎ Entries submitted online must be uploaded as Word documents.
✎ Do not put your name anywhere on your entry, as it will be judged anonymously.
✎ We will not return or keep entries after the winners have been announced. Please keep your own copy.
✎ Entries must be in English.
✎ You must be 16 years or over.
✎ Online entries will be acknowledged within 48 hours, when we have had chance to give them a reference in our system.
✎ No alterations may be made to an entry once it has been submitted.
✎ Copyright remains with the author. The Woolf retains the right to publish the winning entries in publicity and on its website.
✎ Entries from regular contributors to The Woolf, or any person assisting in the judging process, will not be accepted.
✎ Prizes will be paid within 30 days of publication of the winning entries either by bank transfer or Paypal.