Sunday 7 February 2016

Nottingham Writers’ Club Short Story Competition. #writing #contest #competition

National Short Story Competition 2016

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The theme of the competition this year is 'Fire' which, on the face of it, seems a bit limiting so we asked our members to suggest ways in which it could be used. These are just some of the ones we received.

Bonfire, house fire, barbeque, candle flames, fireworks, firing a gun, canon fire, lightning, brush fire, wood-burning stove, coal fire, garden fire, firing someone from work, rockets, St Elmo's fire, execution by firing squad, burning crop fields, smoke signals, brazier, fire pit, roasting chestnuts on an open fire, volcanic eruption, gas explosion, dynamite, cowboy shoot-out, food smoker, sauna, assassination ...

We decided to stop there!

As we want to encourage new and less experienced writers to 'have a go', we'll give a few lines of feedback on every entry and, as this isn't a competition for professionals, please don't enter if you've earned £300 or more from short story writing during 2015. And don't assume if it's your first competition you won't win. One of our runners up last year told us it she'd never entered a competition before.

There will be three main prizes - £200, £100 and £50 - plus five runners up prizes.

The story must contain no more than 2,000 words excluding the title.

The fee:
Entry by post: £5 for one entry, £10 for two and £4 each for three or more entries,
Entry on line: £6 for one entry, £12 for two and £5 each for three or more entries (to cover our printing costs).

The competition opens for submissions on 1st February 2016, with the last day for receipt being 29th February 2016. All writers will retain the copyright to their entry/entries and the top three stories will be published on the NWC website. Winners will also receive a small certificate with the judge's comments on the back.

Entry forms and full rules will be available here soon or can be requested by e mail using our contact form.

Good luck and happy writing.

Register Interest in Competition

To download the entry details and register your interest in the competition please complete this form. If you have any questions, please use thecontact form. Good luck.
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Don't worry, your details will be used solely by Nottingham Writers' Club and will not be passed on to any third party.
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