Covid-19 Short Story Competition

What story can you tell? A myth, a tragedy, a fairy tale, or a comedy?

Enter now to be in with a chance of winning £100

Stories create magic and a sense of wonder in our world.  Stories teach us about life, about ourselves and about others.  If you are a storyteller or have a deep longing to be one, then this month’s competition should be just perfect!

Two social enterprises, Morecambe Fringe Festival and 5asideCHESS, have got together to run a short story competition as part of this year’s virtual Morecambe Fringe 2020.

Your 250 word story will be based on your journey navigating the COVID-19 pandemic.  Weave your story from your hopes and fears for yourself, your loved ones, and the world through this period. You can choose either pre during or after the COVID-19 period.

The competition will be open to all and split into age group categories.  Judges will shortlist five entries from each age group category. Under 20, 20-49, 50+

 You will be able to listen and read each of these stories through the Fringe social media throughout the Festival held over 11-19 July.  Winners will be chosen by votes from the panel of judges and through public voting.

The winners will be announced on 19th July.

Each winning story will be commemorated in print on 100 limited edition 5asideCHESS boards with all proceeds from their sale going to the Morecambe Fringe.  Each winner will receive their own board with their story printed on it, and a cash prize of £100.

Opening date: 8th June.  Closing date: 13th July.

Entries should be emailed to by 12pm on July 13th 2020.

Further information: Morecambe Fringe Festival

5asideCHESS is a social enterprise determined to reconnect people in a disconnected world. Loneliness and social isolation, which often lead to poor mental health, have never been more prevalent here in the UK. 5asideCHESS continues the #CheckOnYaMate Campaign supported by kitchen cleaners Bright Hygiene.

Back in 2018 the #CheckOnYaMate campaign visited 40 towns and cities around the UK. Over 66 days The 5asideCHESS Battling Suicide Bus stopped at markets, festivals, supermarket car parks and roadsides; set the tables and chairs out along with the mini chess boards. We put the kettle on and played and taught 5asideCHESS but mostly we chatted to strangers who took the time to sit down and share personal, sometimes painfully sad but mostly extraordinary encounters.