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The President’s Prize 2019


Our special short story competition is now open. The short story is an art form in its own right.  You too could see your name on the shield and win £50. There is a prize of £20 for the runner-up. Our competition judge is Lauren McMenemy, who won the 2017 President’s Prize with her entry: Evelyn v The World.

The subject for this year is an Open Theme – that is anything you choose. Your entry should be a short story of no more than 1,500 words and you may enter up to 3 stories.

The competition deadline is Friday, January 11th 2019 at 10pm.

There is a maximum word count of 1500.

Use 12 point Times New Roman, one and a half spaced.

You can hand your entry in as hard copy to the competitions’ secretary, Barbara, at the January 11th meeting or send your entry as an email attachment.  (A new email will be announced shortly.)

Emails should contain details of your name and the title of your story. Your attachment must not contain your name. You may use a nom de plume if you wish, but it is not essential as your details are on the accompanying email.

Hard copy entries require a nom de plume on the competition entry and an attached envelope with your nom de plume and real name. Your short story  must not reveal your real name.

You may send three entries to the competition. Please use the same nom de plume for all entries in any one year.

The President’s Shield, engraved with the winner’s name, will be presented at the March meeting.


Please note: If you are following us on Twitter or reading our website and would like to enter one of our competitions, you can join us as a Country Member.  This grade, designed for those who are not able to attend our regular monhtly meetings due to distance or personal circumstances, costs £13 per year and entitles you to attend two meetings a year without paying the £4 visitor’s fee.

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