Green Stories ‘Clean Vs Green’ Short Story Competition 2022 (£500 prize)

Deadline: 22nd of July, 2022

This is a targeted competition aimed at using an engaging fictional story to help readers understand how over-cleaning and misinformation about bacteria can mean that we can end up killing our bodies ‘good’ bacteria through over-use of harsh cleaning products.

The challenge is to write a short story (between 1000 and 3000 words) that helps to raise awareness and shift attitudes, especially for those people who assume that the more detergent the better.


  • The main prize for the winner is £500 or the local currency equivalent! They hope to offer additional runner up prizes for the finalists.


  • Open to all – they encourage international writers.
  • You must be over 18.
  • Your entry must be in English and unpublished.
  • Your entry must promote eco-friendly cleaning practices (directly or indirectly) or address misinformation about bacteria and cleaning.
  • Your entry is between 1000 and 3000 words, includes about 200 words on your thinking behind your approach and how your story meets the criteria. Submit as one PDF/word document.
  • The title of the document is the title of the story.

Judging Criteria

Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Well written, engaging story between 1000 and 3000 words
  • Promotes eco-friendly cleaning practices (directly or indirectly) or addresses misinformation about bacteria and cleaning.

Click here to submit entry

Oyin Olufayo

Oyin Olufayo is a Sustainable Development Goals Advocate. A recent graduate of The School of Politics, Policy, and Governance (SPPG) She is a Technical Writer, Political Writer, and a Content Writer. Her passion for sustainable development goals has been implemented by creating tangible solutions. She has featured in grassroots initiatives like TedX, World Literacy Foundation, Spur Nation Media, FRCN, Naija Law and etc. spreading the impact of Sustainable education, and also facilitated numerous events regarding SDGs.

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