This year there are two short story competitions associated with the Cheltenham Literary Festival: the Gloucestershire Writers’ Network competition and the new Cheltenham Literary Prize.
The GWN competition has been around for a while, and this year interprets the theme of the Festival (‘America’) to offer the competition theme ‘Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness’. I’ve found it tricky to get the competition details online, so here they are in full for anyone who’s interested in entering:
- Please give your entry a title that is different from the competition theme. Entries must be identified only by title, do not put your name on the entry.
- Your name, address, telephone number and email address should be on a separate sheet of paper.
- Poems should be no more than 50 lines.
- Prose items should use double spacing and not exceed 750 words.
- Entries must be typed on A4 paper. Handwritten copies will not be accepted.
- GWN prefers each winning writer to read his or her own work. If you are selected but subsequently cannot read your work at the Festival, your work will be withdrawn unless you can provide a substitute reader.
- To enter costs £2 per item. Please send a cheque or postal order to the address below, payable to Gloucestershire Writers’ Network. If you wish to know the results of the competition, include your email address or a stamped, addressed envelope.
- Entries may be made by post to GWN, c/o 33 Sandford Leaze, Avening, Glos. GL8 8PB, or by email to: email@example.com. If posting, please send two copies. If you email your entry, you will still need to send your cheque by post clearly identifying the entry for which you are paying. Emailed items should be attached as a Word document or sent within the text of the message
- Please ensure that you put the right value of stamps according to the size of envelope as GWN cannot pay for excess postage.
- Closing date: 30th July 2016