Monday, 28 April 2014

Short Story Competitions

The Writers Bureau Short Story competition has just been launched, with a top price of £500 up for grabs. (Second prize is £300, Third is £200 and there’s fourth price of £100.) So if you dabble in writing short stories, why not consider giving it a go?

1. The fee is £5.00/$8.00/€6 per entry. There is no limit on the number of entries competitors may send provided each one is accompanied by the correct entry fee. Sterling cheques and postal orders should be made payable to The Writers Bureau. [Note: we only accept personal cheques drawn on a UK bank.] Only sterling, American dollars or Euros are accepted in currency. Subscribers to FMN have the reduced fee of £4.00/$7.00/€5 per entry. Entrants living in India can send a demand draft in Rupees made payable to The Writers Bureau India Pvt Ltd for the sum of IR500 (IR400 for subscribers to FMN).
2. Short stories must not exceed 2,000 words.
3. All work must be in English.
4. Work may be on any subject but should not have been previously published.
5. No competitor may win more than one prize.
6. The author's name must not appear on any work but should be entered on the Entry Form or attached on a separate sheet of paper. (For entries submitted via email where the fee has been paid online, there is no need to attach a cover sheet. We use the personal details that are supplied with your payment.)
7. Copyright remains with the author but prize winners must agree to publication in a single issue of Freelance Market News, plus permission to include the work on The Writers Bureau website for a period of up to twelve months.
8. Entries cannot be returned to contestants; so please keep a copy.
9. Receipt of entries will only be acknowledged if accompanied by a stamped, self-addressed postcard. Results will be available on the Writers Bureau website from 31st August 2014. Winners will be notified individually.
10. Entries that do not comply with the rules will be disqualified and entry fees will not be returned.
11. Current employees of The Writers Bureau are not eligible to enter the competition.
12. The Judge will be Iain Pattison.
[NB: The Writers Bureau reserves the right to change the judges without notice.]
The Closing Date is 30th June 2014
For full details, and information about how to enter online, visit the website at:

The judge, Iain Pattison, is a successful short story writer, and has won many short story competitions himself. He’s also the author of Cracking The Short Story Market, which is an excellent book, although sadly is out of print, but you might still be able to track down a copy.

There’s also still time to enter the Doris Gooderson Short Story Competition, run by Wrekin Writers, which is looking for slightly shorter stories - no more than 1200 words. Like last year, all profits from the competition will be passed to the Severn Hospice) we raised over £400 for them last year). For more information about this competition, follow this link:
Good luck!

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