PeiShoStoMo - Peirene Short Story Month


Each year Peirene holds a 900-word short story competition which takes place in the month of November. The stories are judged by a panel representing three stages in the world of literature - a writer, a publisher and a bookseller.


PeiShoStoMo 2012: The Turning Point

“The only way a writer can satisfy his own curiosity is to write it. And how different this already makes from telling it! Suspense, pleasure, curiosity, are all bound up in the making of the written story.” – Eudora Welty

Entry details for 2012 Competition: In November 2012 Peirene challenged you to write a short story of exactly 900 words (title not included). The theme of ‘Turning Point’ was to be your inspiration; entries had to contain the phrase 'turning point' within the text. We had a wonderful response to the competition, and were overwhelmed by the quality of the entries.

Our judging panel chose a winner and two runners up, announced in January 2013.

2012 Judges

Isabel Wolff is a former BBC broadcaster whose nine bestselling novels include 'The Very Picture of You', 'Forget me Not' and 'A Question of Love'. 'A Vintage Affair' was an Amazon book of the year, and has now been translated into 25 languages. Her latest novel, 'Ghostwritten' will be published next year. Isabel lives in London with her family.

Meike Ziervogel is the founder and publisher of Peirene Press. She is a German writer and journalist living in London. Meike is also a committee member of the Authors Club, responsible for the Best First Novel award, the Dolman Travel Book Award, and the Bannister Fletcher Award.

Olivia Heal works at The Holt Bookshop, an independent bookshop in North Norfolk. She reviews books on her blog and for the Times Literary Supplement. She has published various translations, including texts by Monique Wittig and Nicole Brossard, and her fiction has appeared in The White Review.


The winner has their story published on the Peirene website, and featuring in our annual newspaper, alongside Peirene’s illustrious list of world-famous authors. They also receive a subscription to the 2013 Peirene Press ‘Turning Point’ series. Two runners up also have their stories published on the website and in the newspaper.