6. Doris Gooderson Short Story Competition

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Doris Gooderson Short Story Competition 2021 – OPEN NOW!

The 2021 Doris Gooderson Short Story competition is now open for entries.

Key Details:

Theme:Open
Maximum Word Count1200
Entry Fee per story£5.00
Prizes:1st = £200, 2nd = £100 3rd = £50
Closing date:13th July 2021

Download the entry form here:

Full Rules:

  1. Entries must not exceed 1200 words.
  2. Entries should be in the form of a short story, on any theme, and written in English.
  3. Prizes: 1st = £200, 2nd = £100 and 3rd = £50.
  4. A fee of £5 is required per entry. Multiple entries are acceptable.
  5. This competition is open to anyone, of any age, from anywhere in the world, including members of Wrekin Writers who are not involved in the competition administration or judging process.
  6. Payments must be made in pounds sterling (GBP).
  7. The Closing Date is 13th July 2021 and all entries (and fees) must arrive by 11.59pm BST on that day.
  8. Winners will be notified by 2nd October 2021.
  9. Copyright remains with the author, although the winning entries may be published in the next Wrekin Writers Anthology and on the Wrekin Writers website. Publication in the anthology, or on the website, is not guaranteed.
  10. No entries should be submitted into any other competition, whilst this competition is running, but may be entered elsewhere after 2nd October 2021.
  11. Entries received after the closing date will not be judged, nor will any entry fees be refunded.
  12. No entries should have won a competition or have been previously published (this includes online where someone (other than the writer) has decided to accept and publish the story. Note that stories uploaded by the entrant onto forums for peer-review and critiquing purposes only are not deemed to have been published).
  13. Entries failing to meet all of these rules will be disqualified. Fees from disqualified entries will not be returned.
  14. Entry indicates an acceptance of these rules.
  15. The judges’ decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
  16. Entries should not have the author’s name, or any other identifying marks, on the typescript. Each page should contain the story title and page number at the top or bottom.
  17. Single-spaced entries are accepted – no need to double space.

Please note: there are different procedures for submission depending upon whether you’re entering by post or by email. (Different people are administering each process.)

If you are POSTING your entry:

Entries must be typed on white A4, or similar sized paper, and be on one side of the paper only.

Entries should be submitted to: The Competition Secretary, 63a Higham Road, Rushden, Northamptonshire, NN10 6DG.

The fee should be paid by cheque made payable to Wrekin Writers Group. Please note: Payment by PayPal is for electronic entries only.

No entries will be returned.

Entries can only be acknowledged if a stamped addressed post card is enclosed.

Entries with insufficient postage will NOT be collected from the Post Office. Please check your entry has the correct postage paid.

Entries postmarked by the closing date will be accepted. Entries postmarked after the closing date will not be passed to the judging process.

If you are SUBMITTING ELECTRONICALLY (by email):

Entry fees for electronic entries MUST be made by Paypal. IF YOU’RE UNABLE TO MAKE A PAYPAL PAYMENT (or if you don’t have a PayPal account), DO NOT MAKE AN ELECTRONIC ENTRY. USE THE POSTAL PROCESS INSTEAD. 

Electronic entries should be submitted to dorisgooderson@gmail.com as an attachment to the email in Word or Rich Text Format format.

Entry fees should be made by PayPal to wrekinwriters@gmail.com. (Note the different email address.) Please make payment at the same time as submitting. (Payments made a few days prior to, or after, submitting your entry, make administration more challenging.)

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