The 2014 Prescot Festival Short Story Competition is now open. Here’s our official press release:
Creative writers from across the region are invited to submit fiction to the 2014 Prescot Festival Short Story Competition.
A £100 prize goes to the winner of the best short story inspired by this year’s theme, ‘Journey’.
Last year’s contest was so close, judges not only picked winner Jim Finn, for his story “A Tragic Contrast”, but awarded two bonus prizes of £25 each to runners-up Ianthe Pickles and Carole Browne.
Now in its third year, the competition is open to all non-professional writers resident in any of the six local boroughs of Knowsley, St Helens, Sefton, Halton, Wirral and Liverpool.
“We’ve seen an increasingly high standard of writing in the last couple of years”, said contest founder Edna Weaver, “so we’re excited to see how our talented entrants choose to interpret this year’s theme.”
Full rules are available at prescotfestival.co.uk. The winner will be announced during the 10th Annual Prescot Festival of Music & the Arts, which runs from Friday 20 to Sunday 29 June 2014.
Read the rules below:
1. To enter, you must live in one of the following six boroughs: Knowsley, St Helens, Sefton, Halton, Wirral, Liverpool. You must not have had a piece of fictional writing professionally published, ie, in return for payment. There are no age restrictions. Only one entry per person is allowed.
2. The story you submit must be inspired in some way by the following theme: JOURNEY. It is your choice how to interpret the theme. The story must be your own original work of fiction (no biography, poetry or nonfiction), unpublished, in English, and with no more than 1,000 words. There is no minimum word count.
3. Print or type your story on A4 paper in size 10 or 12 font. Include a page number and the title of the story in the header or footer of each page, but do not include your name or any identifying details on any of the pages. Include a separate title page containing the following information: Full name, address, telephone number, email address, title of story.
4. The closing date for the competition is Friday 16 May 2014. All entries must be received by then. Send your entry to: Prescot Festival Short Story Competition, 5 Preston Avenue, Prescot, L34 1LR.
5. A panel of judges will read the stories, whose writers remain anonymous, and decide a winner. The judges’ decision is final. They may award runner-up prizes at their discretion.
6. The winner will receive a prize of £100, to be awarded in person at ‘Poetry @ Poco,’ at Poco Coffee, Eccleston Street, Prescot, at 7.00pm on Tuesday 24 June 2014, or shortly afterwards by post if they cannot attend. The winner will be notified before the event.
7. You retain full copyright of your story, but by submitting it, you give the Prescot Festival permission to republish it online or in print.