In what we believe is a first for a CAMRA magazine, Barrel Organ launches a short story competition.  The competition is open until 31 January 2020.

The winners (notice our confidence in going for the plural) will not only be published in Barrel Organ, they will receive prizes and we are very grateful to our sponsors for these.

The competition will be judged by local author Michael Hambling.

RULES (because there have to be some)


  • Must be submitted by 31 January 2020
  • Must be no more than 900 words; single letter words and numbers count as a word.
  • Must feature beer or a pub but can be of any genre.
  • Must not have been previously published.

The story will remain the copyright of the author but must not appear in any other publication until the results are announced and published in Barrel Organ.

Submitting authors do not need to be beer drinkers (if are not you are really missing out) or even CAMRA members (though we would love you to be).

The decision of the judge is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

You can use your real name or a pen-name and only the editor will know who you are until the winners are announced.

Send your entry, in text or MS Word format please, to

Find a sheet of paper, lick your pencil and get started

With gratitude to our sponsors for the prizes:

Hop Back brewery for a fine case of specialist bottle conditioned beers,

Bell and Crown  for a two-course meal for two.