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The Chocolate Library Short Story Competition

The Chocolate Bar Library Short Story Competition

Every bar in our Chocolate Library has a story to tell… and now it’s your turn.

The old adage goes that there is nothing better than curling up with a good book. Except, perhaps, when you can eat said book afterwards.

To help us complete our ever-expanding Chocolate Library, we’re inviting readers to pen their very own original short stories based on one of the titles, which previously baffled the tweeters of Twitter and were described by The Daily Telegraph as 'startling' and 'peculiar'. Just how we like it.

Of course you can make your own judgment: read 'The Beast Comes at Midnight','The Peculiar Bees of Salt Bay' and 'The Icebreaker' here.

The winner will receive some rather delicious prizes – more on those below – including having their entry published here on The Journal. The competition is open to anyone with a sweet tooth, and a love of a good story.

Go on. Spin us a chocolatey yarn.

The Rules

Stories should be no more than 500 words, and in English. UK and international entries are welcome.

There are three titles to choose from, and we’ve created each story's starting point… but where you take them is up to you. You should feature chocolate somewhere in the story.

'Fire in the Hive' (Milk Chocolate with Ginger & Honey)

Honey fortune heiress, Lottie Jermyn, was looking forward to the sweet life. But after a night of champagne-fuelled shenanigans she finds herself in one mighty sticky situation.

'Forever Chasing Supernovas' (Milk Chocolate filled with Passionfruit)

For the last 1707 years, four passionate astronauts have hurtled through space, on the hunt for a peculiar portal to a spell-binding dimension...

'Beyond the Abyss' (100% Dark Chocolate)

1,000ft from safety, a silent submarine is awoken with a bang. Have they finally hit rock bottom or is this the creature they have been seeking?

You should submit your entry by 26th October 2019, and we'll announce the winner on or before 1st November 2019.

The Prizes

While we aren't in the position to hand out any Pulitzers, the winner will receive one sweet-filled Sleighborne Hamper worth £500 just in time for Christmas, as well as the entire Ultimate Chocolate Bar Collection.

Runners up will receive the entire Ultimate Chocolate Bar Collection.

How to Enter

You can submit your entry here. Good luck!
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Entrants must be aged 18 or over. You can only enter once. Entries on behalf of another person will not be accepted and joint submissions are not allowed. No responsibility is taken for entries that are incomplete or cannot be entered for any technical or other reason. By entering this competition you give permission for Fortnum & Mason - if you win or are a runner-up in the competition - to reproduce this short story in printed and digital materials including The Journal at

The Prize

The winning prize consists of one Sleighborne Hamper and Ultimate Chocolate Library Collection; with runner up prizes of the Ultimate Chocolate Library Collection. The Prizes are non-exchangeable, non-transferable, and are not redeemable for cash or other prizes.


We will endeavour to notify the Winner and runner up by email on or before 1 November 2019. If the winners do not respond to Fortnum & Mason within 14 days of being notified by Fortnum & Mason, then the Prize will be forfeited and Fortnum & Mason shall be entitled to select another winner (and that winner will have to respond to the email from Fortnum & Mason within 14 days or else they will also forfeit the Prize). If a winner rejects the Prize, then the winner's Prize will be forfeited and Fortnum & Mason shall be entitled to select another winner.

Limitation of Liability

Fortnum & Mason accepts no responsibility for any damage, loss, injury or disappointment incurred by you as a result of entering the Draw or accepting the Prize. The products won must be consumed in accordance with their instructions. Fortnum & Mason further disclaims liability for any injury or damage to your or any other person's computer relating to or resulting from participation in or downloading any materials in connection with the Draw, other than cannot be excluded by law. Fortnum & Mason reserves the right to modify or discontinue this Draw with or without prior notice due to reasons outside its control (including, without limitation, in the case of anticipated, suspected or actual fraud). The decision of Fortnum & Mason in all matters under its control is final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into.

These terms are subject to the laws of England and Wales and any dispute shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts. Promoter: Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, London W1A IER.

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