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Short Story Prize

24
Apr

Shortlist

We’re delighted to announce this year’s shortlist for the inaugural Leicester Writes Short Story Prize 2017. The shortlist was chosen from 20 long-listed stories by our esteemed judging panel, which includes writers Rebecca Burns, Divya Ghelani, Nina Stibbe, and Grace Haddon as well as bookseller, Debbie James.

Stories on this year’s shortlist include (in alphabetical order):

  1. Aunty by C. G. Menon
  2. Death and Biscuits by Bev Haddon
  3. Five by Lynne E. Blackwood
  4. Sans Lingua Franca by Thomas Welsh
  5. Suicide Vending Machine by Thomas Welsh
  6. Switching off the Metronome by Siobhan Logan
  7. The Man Who Wasn’t by Karl Quiqley
  8. We Went There by Debz Hobbs-Wyatt

On selecting the shortlist, the judges remarked on the quality of writing, the range of styles and ideas, as well as how much they each enjoyed reading the longlist. James, who owns The Kibworth Bookshop said. ‘What an absolute pleasure it has been to read these stories. I have been blown away by the quality of ideas and writing.’

The short-listed stories will now go through to the final round of judging. The winner will be announced on May 1st 2017.

10
Apr

Longlist

We’re thrilled to announce this year’s longlist of 20 stories for The Leicester Writes Short Story Prize 2017. The longlist was chosen from 102 submissions received during our inaugural campaign.

Stories on this year’s longlist include (in alphabetical order):

  1. A Peculiar Circle by Matthew Rhodes
  2. An Evening Out by Asha Krishna
  3. Aunty by C. G. Menon
  4. Blackbird by Maureen Cullen
  5. Cinnamon Fletcher by Jon Wilkins
  6. Deadly by Simon Bland
  7. Death and Biscuits by Bev Haddon
  8. Five by Lynne E. Blackwood
  9. Inside out by Farrah Yusuf
  10. L’ile des Somnambules by Chad Bentley
  11. Metropolis by Marianne Whiting
  12. Real Love by Jack Wedgbury
  13. Suicide Vending Machine by Thomas Welsh
  14. Switching off the Metronome by Siobhan Logan
  15. The Chase by Amy Bell
  16. The Child Kingdom by Andrew Moffat
  17. The Man Who Wasn’t by Karl Quiqley
  18. The Pink Feather Boa Incident by Katherine Hetzel
  19. We Went There by Debz Hobbs-Wyatt
  20. Where to Stay, What to Do by Lindsey Fairweather

All the stories featured on our longlist will be published in our prize anthology. A shortlist will now be selected by our esteemed judging panel, including writers Rebecca Burns, Divya Ghelani, Nina Stibbe, and Grace Haddon as well as bookseller, Debbie James.

We aim to make our shortlist announcement on April 24, 2017.

18
Jan

Rules

These are the full terms and conditions for The Leicester Writes Short Story Competition 2017.

1. The Leicester Writes Short Story Competition 2017 is open to all ages and nationalities across the world. Both published and unpublished writers are invited to submit. The prize aims to encourage new writing.

2. All entries must be original unpublished prose, on any theme and no more than 3,000 words. The entry must not have been submitted or published the work elsewhere including other competitions.

3. Entries cannot be extracts from longer works or unfinished at the time of entry. We will not allow entries to be amended at a later date so please submit completed stories only.

4. Writers may submit more than one entry. Payment is per entry. Max. three. Payment must be made before submitting. The entry fee is £7 and £3 for those with a Leicestershire postcode.

5. Winners will be notified at the email address stated in their entry. You can follow updates on our website at www.leicesterwrites.co.uk, on Twitter (@leicesterwrites) and our Facebook page (Leicester Writes)

6. All entrants must complete the entry form online. This will help to verify your email address and payment. If you are entering more than once, please only use a single entry form. Short stories must be submitted via email to prize@leicesterwrites.co.uk with the subject heading: The Leicester Writes Short Story Competition 2017. Please include your email address and other contact details in the body of the email along with the title of your entry. Your entry must be sent as an email attachment with the title of the story only. Do not put your name anywhere on the entry. Please ensure your entry is sent in a Word document format. No other formats including wps, txt, or pdf will be accepted.

7. Your entry must be submitted before midnight on 3rd April 2017. Entries will not be accepted after this date. Please don’t leave it til midnight to submit your entry.

8. By submitting, the entrant grants Dahlia Publishing the right to publish their entry on The Leicester Writes website and in a published collection in the event of their work being longlisted and/or winning the competition. The copyright of the works will remain with individual authors.

9. Dahlia Publishing cannot accept responsibility for entries which are not received or which are received after the closing date due to technical failure or for any other reason.

10. Winners agree to participate in publicity events in connection with the competition.

11. Dahlia Publishing and the winners may enter into agreements which will grant Dahlia Publishing the publishing, broadcasting, serial and electronic rights in the longlisted and winning entries.

12. Dahlia Publishing reserves the right to change the rules of this competition without notice.

13. The winner of the competition will be notified in May 2017.

14. Any prizes offered must be taken within 30 days and is subject to availability.

15. The decision of the competition judges will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

16. Employees of Dahlia Publishing, and members of their immediate family, are excluded from participating in the competition.

17. We may, from time to time, inform you of new books and special offers that we think will be of interest.

18. Please send direct competition queries to f.shaikh@dahliapublishing.co.uk 

Do not send queries in the comments box on our website as these will be unanswered.