A popular part of the annual Steyning Festival is its short story competition, open to anyone who would like to enter a previously unpublished piece of fiction of up to 1500 words. The theme for this year is “Home Thoughts, from Abroad”.
The 2014 Festival falls during the 400th Anniversary of Steyning Grammar School, endowed by William Holland in 1614 and now one of the few state boarding comprehensives in the country, with students from around the world, and so we are especially keen for the competition to have an international flavour and to invite submissions from both British and International students from the Grammar School and also from scholars on the Commonwealth, Chevening and Marshall programmes all of which have close links with our competition sponsors Wilton Park, the Foreign Office Discussion and Conference Centre.
Submissions from the general public will also be very welcome, particularly from Sussex residents.
The short story competition is being sponsored by Wilton Park and supported by the Steyning Bookshop.
Judging and prize-giving
The competition will be judged by a Festival panel and a senior member of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Prizes will be awarded in three categories
• Best story by a young author (aged 16-19), £100
• Best story by an overseas resident visiting Britain £250
• Best story by a British resident, £250
In addition, three submissions will be marked for special commendation in the competition, and will receive £50 each.
Submissions from young authors (16-19) and students are free. The fee for entering the competition as an adult is £4 per story or three stories for £10.
SF Short story application form 201113 (4) (1) and SF Short story rules 211113 (4) can be obtained by downloading here, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or sending a stamped addressed envelope to: The Competition Secretary, c/o The Steyning Bookshop 106 High Street, Steyning, BN44 3RD