Chorley & District Writers’ Circle are holding their annual, national short story competition with prizes totalling £180. This year the theme is ‘Toxic’. It’s up to writers how they interpret the theme: we anticipate plenty of variety!
Maximum word count is 2,500 and the closing date is earlier than usual: 10 August 2016. The shortlist will be judged by the competition’s sponsors: editorial consultancy Fiction Feedback www.fictionfeedback.co.uk.
The first prize is £100, second prize £50 and third prize £30. The three winning stories will be published in the Circle’s annual collection of writing, Aware, and by entering writers agree to that condition. Shortlisted entrants will be listed in Aware and online. Entry fee is £5 for one story, £9 for two or £13 for three. Subscribed members of the Writers’ Circle are entitled to one free entry.
Stories are eligible for entry if they’ve been published online (not in print), provided they’ve not won first prize in any other competition.
‘We hope writers enjoy stirring our imaginations with interpretations of “toxic”,’ says the Circle’s chairwoman Dea Parkin. ‘As for judging criteria, they are as ever: interpretation of theme; originality of story; quality of writing, for example narrative drive, pace and flow, characterisation, plot and style; and quality of prose including grammar, spelling and punctuation. We hope that’s helpful and look forward to receiving your entry by August 10.’
Submissions can be made by email or post. Email: email@example.com Post: Chorley & District Writers’ Circle, The Writing House, 3 Dale View, Chorley, Lancashire PR7 3QJ. Please submit a separate cover page with your name, contact details including email and phone, story title(s) and first line(s). Please ensure the story manuscript itself does not feature your name. If emailing, send the cover sheet and your story as two separate files attached to the same email. Payment is either by cheque to the Circle at the above address or by PayPal. Please ensure you provide details to enable the Circle to marry up your payment with your story submission.
The Circle reserves the right to cancel the competition and refund entry fees if entries are insufficient to cover the prize fund. No entrant is allowed to win more than one prize.
Please see the Circle’s website for details including PayPal details: www.chorleywriters.org.uk