Our apologies for the late announcement but we have had issues over the last year. Some of our readers have been affected by the Covid pandemic and this has then caused problems with the management of our competitions. As many of you are aware, all our readers are volunteers and we would not be able to provide free competitions if they weren’t.
The winner of the COURSE competition has been notified and we’re awaiting their response before we publish. There were several entries worthy of being shortlisted for the COURSE competition but for our free entry comps, as we can only have one winner, we think this one stood out over and above the rest.
Unfortunately, we have been unable to pick a winner for the FESTIVE FRIGHT competition. One reason for this is because we had a requirement which was not met, ie: ‘Set it during the festive season in December.’
Only a handful of entries did this correctly.
Another requirement of this competition was to ‘put the frighteners on us to win this competition’. Of the entries that did this we could see hardly any, in some cases none at all, bearing to the festive season or even that the story was set in December. A few entries came close but not close enough to be awarded as our winner.
Please keep an eye on our website as we will be providing more free entry comps later in the year.
We still have one more free entry competition open currently and we are now on track to announce the result for this competition on time:
Comp Name: THEMED FREE ENTRY WRITING COMPETITION - A HOLIDAY ROMANCE
Closing date: Thursday 27th May 2021
Brief: We're inviting you to write about a holiday romance. You may want to write about a holiday romance that has yet to happen, or possibly one currently happening. It could be your writing is a memory of a holiday romance from the past.
Entry fee: None
We also have our annual Open Short Story Competition inviting entries:
Name of comp: OPEN SHORT STORY COMPETITION 2021
Judged by Helen Baggott
Close date: Thursday 22nd July 2021
Prizes: Six prizes to be awarded:
£100 First, £70 Second, £30 Third
two 'Highly Commended' each win 2022 comp free entry
and a charitable donation will be made*
Brief: Short story. There is no theme for this competition, you can write anything you like.
No minimum word count, maximum 2,500 words.
Entry fee: £3.00 for one entry, £5.00 for two, £2.50 thereon