Opening Lines is seeking original short stories which work being read out loud. Click HERE. Pay particular attention to how the story opens and closes, the ending needs to link back to the beginning.

Would you like to have your short story read on BBC Radio 4’s Opening Lines? Then here’s your chance.

  • Only one story per writer is permitted.
  • Do not re-submit stories that have previously been considered for Opening Lines
  • Stories must be between 1,900 and 2,000 words in length.


Please complete the Submission Form which can be downloaded here. Then send your story and the completed Submission Form by email to [email protected]

Organizers will contact those writers whose stories have been longlisted for the 2015 series by the 15th of May 2015,  

You are advised to Click here to read stories which have featured in recent series, just to get a feel of the preferred stories.

Chioma Iwunze-Ibiam

Chioma Iwunze-Ibiam writes prose fiction and creative non-fiction. She is the founder of Her first novella, Finding Love Again was published by Ankara Press. Her second novella, The Heiress' Bodyguard was shortlisted for the Saraba Manuscript Awards. She currently works as content marketer for various online businesses. You can follow her at @cwritingnws.

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