'Pets Aplenty' with Malcolm Welshman
Free Entry Writing Competition 2017
Please scroll down for Rules of Entry
We are currently inviting entries to our pet/animal themed competition
with Malcolm Welshman, author of three humorous pet novels,
the most recent being Pets Aplenty.
The brief is to write a story between 500-600 words
based on either a pet or wild animal as long it's
an integral part of the tale. The view-point is not to be from that animal.
One winner will receive a signed copy of Malcolm's paperback Pets Aplenty, and
publication on our website. The winner and those shortlisted will be entered into our
December draw where we are giving away a free entry to our 2018 Open Short Story Competition.
FREE ENTRY CLOSE DATE Thursday April 20th 2017
Please scroll down for Rules of Entry
We are delighted Malcolm Welshman is our judge
Malcolm is a retired vet, feature writer and author of the Prospect House series of novels describing the life of a young vet during his first eighteen months in practice. The ebook version of the first, Pets in a Pickle, published in May 2011, reached number two on Kindle’s bestseller list. The third, Pets Aplenty, published in 2014, was a finalist in The Peoples’ Book Prize 2015 and to-date has garnered 116 five star reviews on Amazon.
Malcolm writes occasional features for the Daily Mail and contributes a monthly column on pet topics for an international website. Following the success of a series of stories for The Peoples’ Friend entitled Tales from Prospect House, he has been commissioned to write a second one which will run weekly for six months from September 2017. He has just started a bi-monthly fifteen minute broadcast on local Ridgeway Radio called Pet Patter where he talks about animal topics in the news. He is also a guest speaker on cruise ships having completed 37 engagements worldwide.
You can find out more about Malcolm on his website http://www.malcolmwelshman.co.uk
RULES OF ENTRY
PLEASE DON'T USE 'PETS APLENTY' AS YOUR TITLE
1 READ THE RULES OF ENTRY Please read these Rules of Entry and the entry form before submitting an entry.
Follow this link for entry form
2 All entries must be in English. Double line spacing is preferable. As entries will be judged anonymously please ensure the entry form is completed. Entries received without an entry form will not be accepted. Follow this link for entry form
3 Entries can be sent either by email (preferable) or post.
3(i) Entry by EMAIL:
a) Send your completed entry form in the body of an email. Send it to Debbie at
erewashwriterscomps(at)hotmail.co.uk subject title: ENTRY PETS APLENTY (and your name)
eg ENTRY PETS APLENTY (Debbie Wilkinson).
b) Send your entry either in the body of the same email as your entry form or in the body of a second email with the subject
title: PETS APLENTY COMP (and your name).
IF YOU HAVE NOT ENTERED ANY OF OUR OPEN SHORT STORY COMPETITIONS, THEN YOUR ENTRY MUST BE IN THE BODY OF AN EMAIL. ATTACHMENTS FROM NEW ENTRANTS WILL NOT BE OPENED. Any such entries
with an attachment will be deleted. This means your entry will not be accepted if you are a new entrant and
you send an attachment.
If you have entered any of our Open Short Story competitions, you are welcome to send your entry by
attachment (attached to your entry form). Please send your entry form in the body of an email. Send each
entry as a separate attachment in WORD and make sure the title of the attachment or file is exactly the same
as the story title you put on the entry form.
3(ii) Entry by POST: Complete the entry form and enclose it with your entry. Make sure you do not put anything on the entry to identify yourself. All entries are judged anonymously and any identifying marks will mean we cannot forward your entry to the judging process.
You can find the entry form using this link
Ensure correct postage is paid otherwise your entry will remain at the sorting office. Our postal address is:
EWG PETS APLENTY Competition, Parklands Connexion, Stanhope Street, Long Eaton, NG10 4QN.
You can enclose entries to more than one competition in one envelope if you wish as long as each entry is
accompanied by the correct entry form. It is acceptable to fold your entry once only if you wish to use a smaller
4 Entries will be acknowledged by email so please ensure your email address is clearly stated. If you don’t have email
and wish to send a self-addressed stamped postcard, we will use that to acknowledge your entry. Entries received in the last week of the competition will be acknowledged after the close date.
5 Your brief is to write a story between 500-600 words based on either a pet or wild animal as long as it's an integral part of the tale. The view-point is not to be from that animal. PLEASE DON'T USE 'PETS APLENTY' AS YOUR TITLE
6 Minimum 500 words, maximum 600 words, not including title.
7 FREE ENTRY Two entries per entrant permitted. Only one entry per entrant can win a prize.
8 Entrants can be any age. All entries will be judged anonymously and no allowance made for age.
9 We will publish the winning entry on this website and remove it at a later date if you require us to do so.
You are welcome to put a link to your blog, website or email with your winning entry if you wish. We require a few
words of bio to accompany the winning entry.
10 Copyright remains with author.
11 Entries cannot have been previously published and must be the original work of the entrant. We do not want
to read work that can be found to be in print or online anywhere, including blogs.
12 Please do not send entries that have received an award from other competitions, or anywhere else. Please do not send entries currently waiting to be judged in other competitions, or that have been submitted for publication and are awaiting response. Please do not send an entry to us which you will also submit to another competition or for publication elsewhere before our competition results have been announced.
13 Closing date for the competition is noon (GMT) Thursday 20th April 2017. Winners will be announced
on this site, on or before Wednesday 31st May 2017.
14 Prize awarded to one winner is publication on this website, Facebook, Twitter blog announcements, copy of
Malcolm's book PETS APLENTY. Winner to be included in a draw at end of 2017, whereby names of all winners
and those shortlisted in our 2017 competitions will be put into a hat. One to be selected and awarded a free entry
to our Open Short Story Competition 2018.
15 The judge's decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.
16 No corrections will be accepted.
17 Entry implies acceptance of the rules.
18 FEEDBACK can be provided. If you want a basic critique of your entry, please send payment of £3 to
D Wilkinson EWG PETS APLENTY Competition, Parklands Connexion, Stanhope Street, Long Eaton, NG10 4QN.
19 READ THE RULES again to ensure you have not missed anything for example have you completed an entry form?
Short Story Writing Course (correspondence course via email or post): We are pleased to offer a Short Story Writing Course. This course is suitable for beginners and for those who have been writing for a while yet would appreciate a helping hand. Our six-module course is £39 and this fee is discounted to £36 to entrants of the Open Short Story Competition and New Writer Competition. Please contact Debbie erewashwriterscomps(at)hotmail.co.uk to find out more or if you wish to enrol on the course.
Short Story Writing Course (local classes): We are pleased to offer a Short Story Writing Course. This course, held locally at venues around Nottingham and Long Eaton, is suitable for beginners and for those who have been writing for a while yet would appreciate a helping hand. Small classes, booking essential. Please contact Debbie erewashwriterscomps(at)hotmail.co.uk to find dates, times and venues of courses and if you wish to enrol on a course. http://erewashwriterscompetition.weebly.com/short-story-writing-course-local-classes.html.
Creative Writing Workshops: More writing workshops are planned for 2017. Please contact Debbie if you would like to attend. Day and evening sessions are available. Small classes, booking essential.