All entries received in 2017 will be judged by a panel of three independent judges and the winners will be announced on 8th-9th December 2017 at a special event. Certificates and prizes will also be handed out.



All submissions should be sent to or by post to Competitions, Arkbound, Backfields House, Upper York Street, Bristol BS2 8WF. Each submission should be accompanied by an entry fee of £3, unless sponsored. All entries must be received by 1st November 2017. Details on the theme and word count of each entry are provided below.


1st Prize – £100, with a feature in Boundless magazine

2nd Prize – £50, with a feature on the website and possibly Boundless (space permitting)

3rd Prize – £25

There are 3 runner-up places, each of which will receive £10. All prizes, including runner-ups, will also be accompanied by a special embossed certificate.

Sponsored entries

Arkbound can fully sponsor ONE entry for disadvantaged people (generally this encompasses disability, unemployment, homelessness or serious hardship, though it can extend to other factors). The same applies for people who are referred by charitable organisations. All such entrants do not have to pay the entry fee.

Best Short Story

Theme: Time

Time is the measure of change; a seemingly inescapable facet of existence. But what if there was more to time than we can see? Does it hold deeper meanings? Your short story can reflect upon the nature of time from the perspective of a central character, which could also be biographical, or it may go into the realm of science fiction. Whatever you decide, the word count is 1000.