The Friends of Manning's Pit

Saki Short Story Competition

Saki as a boy

Hector Hugh Munro
as a boy

"He loved above all, the woodlands and the wild things in them,
especially the birds."

Rothay Reynolds.
Hector's friend, talking about Munro's childhood.

Your Story

Your story doesn't have to be in the style of Saki, or about Manning's Pit, but it needs to have a spark of originality or wit, and something relevant to the countryside and its wildlife.

  Go to our web page about Saki for more inspiration about him.

For more about Manning's Pit, go to our main website page.

Entry Details

Story length: Maximum 3000 words.

Digital entries
Please send your story as an email attachment typed in Times New Roman or Arial, using .doc, .docx or .rtf format. The attached document should include the title of the story but there should be no information about your identity.   Stories should be typed in a 12pt easily read font (preferably Times New Roman or Arial) and double spaced, with each page numbered consecutively. The title must be at the top of each page.

Your name, address, and  telephone number must be in the body of the email along with the title of your story, and the payment method used.  The email address to which all entries must be sent is   - this is also the email address to which any queries can be addressed.

Postal entries
These can be accepted. in certain circumstances, but digital entries are preferred.  If you wish to submit a paper entry, please contact us (see email link above) for more details.

Payment Details and Judging

Payments can be made by:
Bank Transfer to:

  Friends of Manning's Pit
(this is a Community  Bank Account)

Sort Code 20-04-59  Bank Account Number 73964035
When paying by Bank Transfer please add the words Saki Short Story Competition
 to the payment details.

If paying by Cheque. please make it out to Friends of Manning's Pit
and post (with an entry form) to

Ms. C. Shaw, Saki Short Story Competition,
60 Windsor Road, Pilton, Barnstaple, Devon EX31 4AQ.
If you are entering from overseas and have any difficulties

 re payment methods, please email us, using the email address in the Entry details above.


The Judges will make their final decision by 30/09/2021.  Prize winners will be notified shortly afterwards by post and details will also be posted on our website

Please note: Copyright of the stories remains with their authors. Stories must be entirely your own work. We reserve the right to publish the prize winning stories on our website or in any publicity to promote The Friends of Manning’s Pit

Full Competition Rules

Hedge-sparrow on top of Saki's hat, by
                          Tim Saunders

Saki said

"My favourite plant is the

my favourite animal is the

 and my favourite bird is the