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Entry Now Closed for The Chocolate Bar Library Short Story Competition 2020 



Thank you to everyone who entered this year's competition. Entries have now closed, and due to the exceptionally high number received we will be now announcing the winner on or before 1st December. 


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, for the second year running we’re inviting readers to pen their very own original short stories based on one of five new titles. The collection has previously baffled the tweeters of Twitter and been 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', 'The Icebreaker' and of course last year's fantastic winner, 'Fire in the Hive' by Anne Louise Avery 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 five 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, and note that neither the title nor starting point are included in the word count.

Meltdown at Carnegie Hall (Milk Chocolate with Treacle Tart)

No one foresaw his big night having such big consequences. But one huge mistake leads to the world’s pre-eminent conductor meeting a particularly sticky end.



'In Her Footprints, We Follow' (Vegan-Friendly Mylk Chocolate)

History’s biggest herbivore is out to prove that there’s no problem too big if you let your imagination run free.



'Secrets of the Emerald Circle' (White Chocolate Filled with Matcha)

Behind the fans, the makeup and the courteous demeanour, envious sisters plot eternal revenge.



'Red Sky at Night, Ruby Delight' (47% Ruby Chocolate)

The charming story of the last remaining night shepherd. With handmade nets and endless ladders, she seeks the priceless rubies of red skies.



'Beneath the Amber Moon' (Milk Chocolate with English Malt Whisky)

On a cold autumn night, one of Britain’s smallest villages will become the country's most infamous, with the perplexing disappearance of all its inhabitants.


You should submit your entry by Sunday 8th November 2020, and we'll announce the winner on or before Tuesday 24th November 2020.

The Prizes


While we aren't in the position to hand out any Pulitzers, the winner will receive our first-ever bespoke Writer's Hamper worth £500 just in time for Christmas. Pictured below, it includes the entire Ultimate Chocolate Bar Collection, along with coffee (what else do writers run on?), tea, biscuits and a number of other sweet and savoury treats to sustain you while you create your next oeuvre. Runners up will receive the entire Ultimate Chocolate Bar Collection.



How to Enter 


You can submit your entry right here. Good luck!



Terms & Conditions




Entrants must be aged 16 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 winning prize consists of one Writer's Hamper; 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 24th November 2020. 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.




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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