Chorley & District Writers’ Circle have launched their annual national short story competition with cash prizes and publication for the winners, open to anyone living in the UK. The competition is for a short story of no more than 2,000 wordson the theme of Your sins will find you out. How you interpret this is up to you.
First prize is £100, with runners-up prizes of £50 and £30. The three winning entries will be published in Aware, the Circle’s annual collection of writing, and will be showcased on the Circle’s own website, www.chorleywriters.org.uk and on the competition sponsors’ websites, www.fictionfeedback.co.uk. and www.opencirclebooks.com . Shortlisted entries might also be published digitally.
Entry to the competition costs £5 per story, or £8 for two. Writers can enter as many stories as they like.
The deadline for the competition is 30th September 2014. The Circle reserves the right to cancel the competition in the case of a low level of entries. Stories will be judged by renowned critique and editing service Fiction Feedback.
Entries can be made by email, to be sent to email@example.com or by post to: Aware Competition, 3 Dale View, Chorley Lancashire PR7 3QJ. Payment is by PayPal – details are on our website at www.chorleywriters.org.uk – or by cheque. Cheques should be made out to Chorley & District Writers’ Circle and posted to the address above – please write the name and first line of the story and your author name in full on the back of the cheque or in an accompanying note if you submit your story separately by email so we can match them up. This is very important!
Stories, which must be typed, should not carry the author’s name. Entrants must include a cover sheet stating their name, address, email, telephone and the title and first line of their story or stories.
While winners must be prepared for their work to be published digitally and in print, and shortlisted entrants digitally, copyright remains with the authors at all times.
Stories that have been previously published online are eligible (the author must still hold all rights) unless they have won first prize in another competition. Stories previously published in print are not eligible.
For more information about the Writers’ Circle, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or see our website:www.chorleywriters.org.uk.