Felixstowe Book Festival, in collaboration with Suffolk Magazine, is delighted to launch our 2017 short story competition. We’re looking for short stories of up to 1000 words, and the winning entry will be published in Suffolk Magazine.The subject matter is open to interpretation, although stories should be either set in or inspired by Suffolk.
“We are fortunate to have such a varied history,” says judge Ruth Dugdall, “A story could take inspiration from Mary Tudor, proclaimed queen whilst at Framlingham Castle, Richard Garrett working in his Steam Shop at Leiston, or King Raedwald’s burial at Sutton Hoo. Or the story could be entirely fictional, but set somewhere in the county. Or inspired by one of the many myths, such as Black Shuck or Orford’s Merman.” Fellow judge Rosy Thornton adds that “a good short story should be like a fine cameo or a detail from a larger painting: just as vivid as the larger canvas of a novel and sacrificing nothing in characterisation, dramatic tension or emotional impact, but simply on a smaller scale”. Judge Jeanette Hewitt points to the links authors have to this area: “Enid Blyton trained as a teacher in Ipswich, George Orwell went to school in Southwold, born Eric Arthur Blair he actually named himself after our river. Ruth Rendell once lived in Polstead and one of my own favourite crime writers, Patricia Highsmith retreated to the village of Earl Soham in 1964.”
So, with this rich legacy and broad tips, hopefully your creative juices are flowing! Why not put pen to paper, or finger to keyboard, and give it a go?!
Closing date: Saturday 13th May, 2017.
The 3 winners announced: at the `Short Story Event` on Sunday July 2, at 12.15-1.00 in the Furneaux Suite of the Orwell Hotel, Felixstowe.
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 14th April and can be bought on the website. Everyone who buys a ticket for this event is entitled to enter the competition and attend the Short Story event on Sunday July 2nd. Please note that entries are limited to 40, due to room capacity, so buy your ticket early. A limited number of day tickets, which include two writing workshops and author panels, are available for £35 which includes competition entry are also available.
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 has published five novels, four of which are set in Suffolk. Her next novel, My Sister and Other Liars, is set in Felixstowe and Ipswich and she will be discussing it at Felixstowe Book Festival on July 2nd at 12.15. Ruth is a regular contributor to Suffolk Magazine, presently writing features for the `Great Lives` series on notable people from the county.
Jeanette Hewitt: Jeanette 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 2017. 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, International Thriller Writers and is a regular at the Felixstowe Book Festival.
Rosy Thornton: Rosy’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:
1. All entries must be original unpublished prose of no more than 1000 words.
2. 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.
3. The decision of the competition judges will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.