Guardian Short Story Competition: Calling budding writers

Fancy yourself as a writer? Well, here's your chance for your story to appear in the Guardian Weekend's fiction special this summer. Guardian Weekend summer fiction special: Calling budding writers: "

Every year, in August, the Guardian's Weekend magazine publishes a selection of original fiction by some of the best authors writing today. Last year's fiction special featured stories by Hilary Mantel, Roddy Doyle, David Mitchell and Barbara Trapido, among others.

Top novelists judge the entries, and they will be looking for the most original, gripping and well-crafted pieces of writing. Their favourite story will be published in the magazine, while the five runners-up will have their stories published online at

The theme of this year's fiction special is "journeys", and to enter you need to send a story of no more than 2,000 words by 13 June. The work must be previously unpublished and only one story per entrant is allowed.

Send your story by 13 June to Short Stories, Guardian Weekend, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU, or email it to (no attachments, please). Include a daytime phone number with your entry.

Full details and terms and conditions

Two independent novelist judges will choose one winning entry and five runners up from all the Competition entries. Full details of the judging process and the judges are available on request to

When choosing the winner, the judges will be looking for the most original, gripping and well-crafted piece of writing. The judges' decision of who the winner is will be made on or before Friday 15 July. The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.