Thank you to everyone who entered our inaugural Short Story Competition.

The winners have been announced!

1st place: Kate Paine – Melting Ice
2nd place: J. Rushing – Wounds
3rd place: K.C. Allen – Of Baking and Blackbirds

You can read the judge’s report and see the list on our 2017 Short Story page.

Click through to read the First, Second and Third place stories.

Congratulations to our winners!

Our 2017 Short Story theme:

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.

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.

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