• Books
  • Summer 2016 – Short Story Competition


Summer 2016 – Short Story Competition

Have you got a literary itch you've been waiting for the right time to scratch? Here's your opportunity. Together with The Reader Berlin, Exberliner presents the 2016 short story contest. You could be a literary star! Read on for more details.

Exberliner and The Reader Berlin are delighted to announce our 2016 short story contest. This year, we’re looking for fiction on the theme “A Summer Night”. As the days grow longer and we slough off the last grey cells of another Berlin winter, it’s time to let your imagination run riot and tell us your tales of summer nights…

The contest will be judged by a team from the Reader Berlin and Exberliner. Winners will receive publication by Exberliner, cash prizes, and more.

We simply can’t wait to read your words!

As ever, a huge thanks to our sponsors The Circus Hotel and Jameson Whiskey, without whom this kind of thing would neither be fun nor possible.


First place: Publication in the summer print edition of Exberliner, €100, and a goodie bag.

Runners up (2): Publication on the Exberliner website, €50, and a goodie bag.

The 10 finalists will have their stories featured on The Reader Berlin showcase, and have the opportunity to perform their work live at a Reader Sunday Salon event in autumn.


Entry is free. Send your entry to [email protected].

Deadline: May 31 at midnight (CET). No exceptions! Given that technology is fallible and the internet gods are easily angered, we recommend you do not put off sending your story until the final hour…

Word limit: 1500–3500

Format: 12pt, Times, double spaced. Doc files only! Save your file as <title>.doc and include the title of your story, author name, and contact details (including phone number) in your email. As the contest will be judged blind, do not put any identifying details within the document itself.

All submissions must be original, unpublished, and in English.

Only one submission per author.

No simultaneous submissions.

We will announce the shortlist on June 10, and contact the winner on Tuesday June; 14. The winner must be available to respond to edits on Wednesday, June 15, or grant The Reader permission to make any copy edits they see fit.

Copyright remains with the author. We reserve the right to publish the 10 shortlisted stories on The Reader website, the two runners-up on EXBERLINER website, and the winner in print in the summer issue of EXBERLINER.