2015 Short Story Competition - Competition Rules
The start date for the Short Story Competition will be 1st May 2015.
All entries must be received by midnight on 30th September 2015.
The competition is open to anyone aged 18 years and over.
Entries can be from anywhere in the world.
Overseas entries must be submitted online.
Postal entries can only be accepted from within the UK.
Postal entries must be accompanied by an entry form and the appropriate entry fee and addressed to The Administrator, Bedford Writing Competition, 28 Miller Road, Bedford, UK, MK42 9NZ.
One postal entry form may cover up to three stories. Multiple forms may be submitted.
A confirmation of receipt of a postal entry will be sent by email, if supplied. Otherwiase the entrant should enclose a stamped addressed envelope/postcard.
Online entries will generate an automatic confirmation of receipt at the time of submission.
There is no limit to the number of entries an individual may submit.
The standard entry fee is £5 per story.
Three stories entered on the same form will be £10.
For full time students the entry fee is £3 per story.
Cheques must be made payable to Bedford Writing Competition.
Stories must be no more than 3000 words.
Stories must be written in English.
Stories must be typed, double-spaced, on single-sided sheets and in a readable, 12 point font.
Stories must not have been published, self-published, published on a website, broadcast or featured amongst the winners in another competition.
Each page must be numbered and the complete set held together with a paperclip.
The title of the story must appear at the top of each page.
Nothing must appear on any page which would identify the author.
Stories will not be returned, so please retain a copy.
Stories cannot be altered once entered.
All entries will be considered anonymously by a panel of readers and the judge.
The members of the organising committee and the panel of readers are not eligible to enter the competition.
Any plagiarised work will be disqualified along with any other work submitted by the entrant.
The winner of first prize will receive £200, second prize £100 and third prize £50.
A shotlist will be published on the Bedford Writing Competition website in week beginnig 14th December 2015.
Results will be announced at the Awards Presentaton Evening on 15th January 2016.
There will be an additional Bedford prize of £50 awarded to the best story written by a resident of Bedford.
A resident of Bedford is defined as anyone who lives within the Bedford Borough Council boundary - click here to see map.
A condition of entry is that prize winning and shortlisted stories will be published on the Bedford Writing Competition website and as an anthology in a downloadable e-book after the results have been announced.
The competition organisers reserve the right not to award prizes if, in the judge's opinion, such an action is justified.