The Daily Hampshire Gazette’s Hampshire Life has announced that it is relaunching its short fiction competition.

The competition had been discontinued for a number of years.

In an announcement published yesterday on the newspaper’s website, features and Hampshire Life editor, Dave Eisenstadter, said the competition would be open for entries till March 2, 2020.

This time around, the competition is being co-sponsored by Northampton radio station, WHMP, and winners will get the opportunity to read their works on the air. Bob Flaherty, a host of WHMP Morning News with Bob & Denise and a three-time winner of the Hampshire Life short fiction contest, will be one of the judges.


  • The competition will be open for writers to submit works of fiction of up to 1,500 words (Longer submissions will not be accepted.
  • Top winners will be published in Hampshire Life this spring and awarded prizes which are still to be announced.
  • Entries must be original works by the author.
  • Entries must be appropriate for publication in a family newspaper.
  • There is no set theme for entries. The choice of subject matter is up to the author.
  • Entries must be emailed to [email protected].
  • The deadline is 11:59 p.m. on March 2.


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