The Felixstowe Book Festival, in collaboration with Suffolk Magazine, is delighted to launch our 2018 short story competition!
We’re looking for short stories of up to 1000 words, and the winning entry will be published in Suffolk Magazine.
2018 is a very auspicious year. It is the centenary of the First World War (2014 to 2018) and we wanted to commemorate this event with a focus on remembrance and the legacy of this conflict. At the end of the war, the Representation of the People Act 1918 gave women over 30 who were householders (about 8.4 million women) the vote for the first time. So, with 100 years of reflection, we are looking for stories that loosely encompass the theme of `Centenary`.
“These two events defined the world that was to follow, and they are not unrelated. When we think of World War 1 we think of a lost generation of young men, of trenches and No Man’s Land, the horror of relentless fighting. With so many men away, women took up their roles in the workplace and found their voice, adding fuel to the fire of the Suffragette movement which achieved it’s first major success in 1918.” says judge Ruth Dugdall, “A story could take inspiration from either of these momentous events, it could be based on historical fact or entirely fictional.”
Fellow judge Rosy Thornton added, “Centenary, and the resonances of the past, make a great theme for short fiction. And the inspiration is all around us here in Suffolk – whether it’s the Theberton Zeppelin crash or perhaps just three names from one family on the war memorial in your local church”.
Jeanette Hewitt said, “Tales from the war can and have inspired so many remarkable stories over the years, and the Great War changed the world and the way men and women lived. The centenary gives a great scope to get those creative juices flowing.”
So why not put pen to paper, or finger to keyboard, and give it a go!
Dates: The closing date is Friday 11th May, 2018.
The 3 winners will be announced at the `Short Story Event` at the Felixstowe Book Festival on Saturday, 30 June at 4.30pm.
Word Count: Entries should not exceed 1000 words.
How to enter: To pay for your entry, please buy a ticket for the Short Story Event, tickets will be available from April and can be bought on-line from the Wolsey Theatre box office, or follow the link of the Felixstowe Book Festival website, https://felixstowebookfestival.co.uk/tickets
Everyone who buys a ticket for this event is entitled to enter the competition and attend the Short Story event at the festival. Please note that entries are limited to 40, due to room capacity, so buy your ticket early.
Once you have bought your ticket please e-mail your entry to: firstname.lastname@example.org, putting `Short Story Competition` in the subject line. Please include your name, contact telephone number, word count and title of story.
If you have any questions, please email email@example.com prior to submitting your entry, using the subject line: SHORT STORY QUERY.
First Prize: The winning story will be published in Suffolk Magazine. The prize also includes a 12 month subscription to the magazine and a book voucher.
Second Prize: A 12 month subscription to Suffolk Magazine and a book voucher.
Third Prize: A 12 month subscription to Suffolk Magazine and a book voucher.
The winner and the two runners up will be invited to read their stories to an audience at the event, although a judge can read the story if that is preferred.
Ruth Dugdall: Ruth is an award winning crime novelist, and her novels are published internationally. Her latest novel, The Things You Didn’t See, is out in April. A psychological thriller, it is set in rural Suffolk.
Jeanette Hewitt is the author of two crime fiction novels; Exclusion Zone and The Hunger Within, both published by Endeavour Press in 2016. Her third novel, The Eight Year Lie, will be published by Endeavour. In July 2012 she was shortlisted as a finalist in the Marie Claire Inspire and Mentor Award, chosen by Jojo Moyes. She is also a member of the Crime Writers Association and the International Thriller Writers.
Rosy Thornton’s short story collection, ‘Sandlands’ was published by Sandstone Press in 2016. She has also published five novels, the latest of which, ‘Ninepins’, won the East Anglian Book Awards prize for fiction in 2012. Rosy lectures in law at the University of Cambridge, where she is a Fellow of Emmanuel College. She divides her life between Cambridge and coastal Suffolk where ‘Sandlands’ is set.
Jayne Lindill: Jayne has been editor of EADT Suffolk magazine since 2011, and has spent her entire career in journalism and publishing in the UK and overseas. Suffolk born and bred she knows the county well. Through the pages of the magazine she loves to champion local writers and artists, celebrating their success and achievements and helping to bring them to a wider audience.
Terms and Conditions:
- All entries must be original unpublished prose of no more than 1000 words
By submitting their stories, all entrants thereby grant Suffolk Magazine and Felixstowe Book Festival website the right to publish their entry in the event of their work winning the competition.
- The decision of the competition judges will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.