Childhood Themed Story Competition WINNER 2018!

We are delighted to announce that the winner of our Childhood-themed competition is Dan Brotzel with his story ‘Ella G in a Country Churchyard.’

Dan’s short stories have been shortlisted in a number of competitions over the last few years, including Flash500, Sunderland University/Waterstones, To Hull and Back, Wimbledon BookFest, Fish, Dorset Writers Award and Retreat West. His work has appeared in Cabinet of HeedEllipsis MagazineBending GenresThe Esthetic ApostleSpelkGinger Collect and Fiction Pool… His first collection of short stories, Hotel du Jack, is scheduled for publication in early 2020.

‘Ella G in a Country Churchyard’ will be published in the next volume of Riptide.

In collaboration with Exetreme Imagination, Exeter Literature Festival for and by Young People, Riptide is facilitating a competition for adult writers. We want unpublished stories and poems that use themes relating to ‘childhood’ that surprise, amuse and challenge us.
First prize £50 and publication
Entry Guidelines:
Stories – Enter One story up to 5000 words
Poems – Send up to Five poems per entry (Up to 40 lines per poem)Deadline: July 31st
Online Entry Purchase one copy of Riptide from as confirmation of your entry fee – then email your story/poems to Put Exetreme Imagination Entry in the subject line.
Submission Guidelines:
Stories – up to 5000 words
Poems – send up to 5 poems (up to 40 lines per poem)
Deadline – August 30th
Email submissions as a word doc to:
Please write in the subject line of your email Cradle to Grave and either story or poems.
Include a 50 word biographical note with your submission
All submissions must be original work and not previously published.
Please submit as a word attachment by email to
Postal Entries: Address your entries to Riptide Editors, Dept of English, Queen’s Drive, University of Exeter, EX4 4QH with a cheque made payable to Riptide Journal for the volume of your choice.
* If your story or poem is selected for publication the Riptide Team support and advise new writers through the editing/publishing process. Unfortunately the editors cannot offer feedback on unpublished submissions.