Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Competition Alert - Wells Festival of Literature Competitions...

You may remember that last year I entered the Wells Festival of Literature short story competition. Sadly I didn't get into the shortlist, but that's life!

You can read the winning entries from 2013 via these links: short story, poem, crime novel.

The details for this year's competitions are now available: short story, poetry and a crime novel. Online entry is available, and the instructions for this method of entry are here.

The short story judge for this year is Kate Fforde.
Your story can be on any subject, but must be between 1,000 and 2,000 words in length.

Poetry is being judged by Andrew Motion.
Any subject, but must not exceed 40 lines in length.

The crime novel is being judged by Janet Laurence.
Submit the opening chapter of an original crime novel (no longer than 3,000 words), and the plot synopsis. For this competition "entrants should not have had a full-length work of fiction published before."

Competition rules for each category can be found here.

Prize money is as last year.

The closing date for all 3 categories is 31st July 2014.

You can keep up to date with the Festival via their website, or like them on Facebook at Wellslitfest.

I won't be entering this year as I have longer works planned for this year, but if you do submit an entry, then good luck.


Patsy said...

I'm guessing they'll want something a bit more serious and literary than my usual style.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

I saw this too, Carol, but decided not to enter any comps this year with an entry fee!

liz young said...

I~'ve seen so many comps already this year, and all so far have wanted a UK address. So I'm concentrating on my book, like you!

Carolb said...

I don't think magazine type stories work, Patsy. :)

Carolb said...

Yes entry fees soon mount up, Rosemary, and there are lots of free comps around.

Carolb said...

I think currency issues can be a problem for some smaller organisations, Lizy- and the costs for changing small amounts (of non sterling payments) probably doesn't make it viable.

But I do know that Alfiedog competition is open to those outside the UK.