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The 1st Playing Bingo Short Story Competition

The 1st Anthology Of Bingo Book

Keeping up our tradition of celebrating the culture and heritage of bingo in the UK, Playing Bingo is launching its 1st Short Story Competition.

We want to bulk up our Creative Corner, and taking inspiration from our small Stories section of the site, we thought a competition would be a fun way to generate some great new fiction about our favourite game.

There's some great prizes up for grabs as well as the chance to entertain our readers with your finely crafted piece of bingo fiction.

All the winners and shortlisted entries were included in our book The 1st Anthology Of Bingo, along with a selection of photographs we commissioned for the site.

You can by your own hard copy of the book here.

If you'd like to get the Kindle version, it's available here.

Competition Result

Playing Bingo would like to thank all the entrants to the competition. 174 stories qualified for entry, which was whittled down to a short-list of 15 stories for final judging by the award winning novelist and short story writer Rachel Trezise. The final results are in, and we're pleased to announce the winners.

The Winners

  • 1st place: Graham Curtis - A Secret Delight - £300 winner.
  • 2nd place: Chloe Dalton - The Cuckoo - £100 winner.
  • Runner up: Arabella Chippindall-Higgin - Game Of Chance - £50 winner.
  • Runner up: Dominic Delargy - Buzzword Bingo - £50 winner.

Our judge Rachel Trezise had this to say about the entries.

It was incredibly difficult to choose just one winning short story from the selection I was given. All fifteen stories have something to offer in terms of entertainment, writing quality, humour and the power to engage. The top four placed stories have a combination of all four of these things. The two runner-ups, Buzzword Bingo and Game of Chance, set in an office and a dystopian world respectively, seem to catch something of the zeitgeist; bosses full of hyperbole and Hunger Games-style bingo assassinations. In second place, The Cuckoo is a wonderfully crafted piece of fiction that made me feel as though I was myself experiencing an oppressively hot July in 1980’s Hounslow. The winning story, A Secret Delight, I simply love because it’s so warm, fast-paced, and gripping. Plus it manages to cut through the snobbery that exists around bingo without ever appearing callous.

Also Shortlisted

The below stories also made the final judging shortlist, as choosen by our panel of judges here at Playing Bingo.

  • Sue Oldham - Marking Time.
  • Sim Smailes - An Evening with David Beckham.
  • Tim Crump - The Friendly Warning.
  • Paul Ewart - House Rules.
  • Lynda Lofthouse - Number Eighty Five.
  • Tony Oswick - Help!
  • Robbie Neville - The Jackpot.
  • Clare Banks - Final Call To Eden.
  • Gaynor Jones - The Cheque.
  • Tess Niland Kimber - Girl's Night Out.
  • Marina Jacobs - The First Time.

And Finally

Over coming months we will be gradually adding all the entries to our Creative Corner Stories section, for you to read. We will also be publishing all the shortlisted entries in a print anthology. Keep an eye out for news on that via our news section.

If you missed out on sending an entry, hang around as we will be repeating this competition in the near future, as well as having some other creative competitions for you and your writing skills.

Competition Entry Details (Now Closed)

Note: Competition now closed, below details left for reference.

Fancy entering? Here's all you need to know. Please read the terms and conditions thoroughly, to ensure your eligibility to enter the competition and win one of the prizes available.


We're offering a range of prizes for people taking part as follows:

Story Theme

The theme for the fictional short story is "Bingo".

Here's some ideas for potential areas the theme could embrace. It could be about a bingo hall and the staff, the game being played in a social club, charity bingo games, bingo games in school, bingo online, a bingo site chat room or whatever, the only stricture is that something to do with the game of bingo is featured in the piece.

We're not looking for a particular kind of fiction either, it could be a romance, a thriller, a horror, a comedy or anything!

Story Length

The minimum length for the fictional story is 1500 words, the maximum 3000 words.


All entries must be in English.


Judging will be done by the editorial team of Playing Bingo, a number of whom are published writers. We've also enlisted the help of award winning novelist and short story writer Rachel Trezise to participate in the final judgement.

Entry Fees

The competition is free to enter, the only thing we ask is if you have a blog or a website, please share a link* to the competition for other budding writers (*completely optional!)

Previous Use

All entries must be original and unpublished (in print, digitally or on the web.) All entries whether winning or not will be published on the Playing Bingo website.

Competition Closing Date

The final date for entries is the 28th of February 2013.

How To Submit Your Entry

Entries must be sent as a Word doc file (.doc or .docx). Make sure each entry includes the title of the piece in the file but not your name and details. Please add your name and address to the email. No more than two entries are allowed per person.


Full Competition Terms And Conditions


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