The Sunderland Short Story Award
The University of Sunderland is looking for the best short stories as part of its inaugural Short Story Award. Surprise us, challenge us, be brave and experimental. The theme is completely open, making it the perfect place to showcase your talent!
Running as part of the Sunderland Literature and Creative Writing Festival, the Award is split into two age categories; 11-16 (where the word limit is 1500 words) and Adults (2500).
New and experienced writers are welcome, and amazing cash prizes are on offer for both categories - £500 for the winning adult and £200 for the winning 11-16 year-old.
But that's not all:
Shortlisted work from the Adult section will be read by literary agent Susan Yearwood and publisher Unthank Books, where outstanding work may be considered for publication in Unthank's Unthology Series, so where could your imagination take you?
Winners from the 11-16 section will see their work published in the local Waterstones.
Entry for 11-16s is free, a small charge of £3 is required for adults, and you can submit your work from Monday January 25 2016.
The deadline is Wednesday June 1 2016, and all work must be submitted firstname.lastname@example.org, together with the payment receipt, if applicable.
Visit the University's Online Store for more information and details on how to pay.
Good luck with your entry!
Download this PDF file for a full list of competition rules and prizes.
Sunderland Short Story Award rules