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Thursday, 22 January 2015

Calling All Writers


The Short Story Competition, which is a key element of Evesham’s Second AsparaWriting Festival, is now officially launched and the organisers are very much looking forward to a great response.  This is a wonderful opportunity for any aspiring writer.  Entries must be an unpublished short story of no more than 6,000 words (or 3,000 words for junior entries), written in English, a mystery set in the Heart of England, with a hint of Simon de Montfort.  That should provide plenty of scope for some really original stories.

There are two categories, based on the entrant’s age on 23rd April (this date being Shakespeare’s birth and death day, and also the start of the Asparagus Festival: adult (aged 17+) and junior (age 12-16).  The fee per entry is £10 for adults and £5 for juniors.  Entry fees are non-refundable. 

The closing date for receipt of entries is strictly 11.59pm on Sunday 1st March 2015.

Entries can be submitted by post or online and will be judged anonymously by a distinguished panel of judges.  Full details of how to enter can be found on our website: http://asparawritingfestival.co.uk/short-stories/short-story-competition

There will be trophies for the winners, plus a £100 prize for the adult winner and a £20 book token for the junior winner; the ten short-listed adult entries, together with the winning junior entry will be included in a printed anthology, AsparaWriting 2015.  The results of the competition will be announced at the Grand Finale of the AsparaWriting Festival on Saturday 13th June 2015, and we are delighted that Dr Ian Mortimer will be present to make the awards.

Further information about other elements of the AsparaWriting Festival will also be available on the website as arrangements are confirmed.  If you have any queries about any aspect of the Short Story Competition or the AsparaWriting Festival, please contact Sue Jenkinson on 01386 765566.

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