Monday, 28 April 2014

Swansea writers 2014 Short Story competition - deadline 16th June 2014

Welcome to our 2014 Short Story competition page. First we must thank our sponsors, "Cover to Cover, Books" and "DME Electrical Contractors". If you happen to be in Mumbles village looking for a holiday read, or need your kitchen re-wired please consider contacting them.

What We Want.
Stories about the First World War. These can be on any aspect of the war, the home-front, the trenches, the war at sea or in the air, even the politics that led to the outbreak of war and to the eventual armistice.

Stories can even be fantasy or dark - fantasy, provided the war is central to the narrative.

Between 1,500 and 2,500 words. The competition rules can be viewed here and downloaded as PDF here Closing date for entries is 16th June 2014.

The Prizes.
First place prize is £100.00, plus £15 in book tokens and one-year free membership of Swansea and District Writers' Circle. There are two runners up prizes of £25.00 plus £5 in book tokens, also with one-year free membership of Swansea and District Writers' Circle.

The Circle intends to publish an anthology of short stories to celebrate the centenary. This will be a ePublication together with a limited hard-copy run. The prize winners will be offered the option to have their stories published in the anthology. Rights will be for one year.

Entry Fees.
The entry fee is £5 for a single entry or £7.50 for two stories. You can send your story as hard-copy with a cheque, or email it to us and pay by PayPal.

How To Enter
Whether you enter printed hardcopy or by email the story must be formatted as if for submission to a publisher

Hardcopy entries must be accompanied by a completed entry form which can be downloaded here. [provided you have Adobe Reader or other PDF viewer installed on your PC]

Print your story and send it together with your cheque payable to "Swansea and District Writers' Circle" to;

SDWC Short Story Competition,
145 Bishopston Road,
SA3 3EX.

Email entries You do not need to send an entry form but each story must have a cover sheet as the first page which gives SDWC the same information.

Send the story and the cover sheet as one attachment.

If you are sending two entries you must send them as separate attachments. That is, one email with two attachments.

The cover sheet(s) must provide;
1. Your full name
2. Your alias or nom-de-plume if you are not using your real name.
3. Your address
4. A telephone number (mobile or landline)
5. Your email address
(These details will not be given to any other organisation)
6. The title of your story
7. A statement confirming the story is your own work

NB. The story itself must start on the next page of the document. Don't begin the story on the cover sheet.

We prefer the story in .rtf (Rich Text Format), but this is not essential. If we have problems opening your document we will get back to you.

Send your story to:
Subject: competition.

(This email address is repeated on the payment confirmation page and you can return to this page at any time.)

Check you have formatted the story properly and have provided all the information required on the cover sheet.

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