H.E.Bates Short Story Competition

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2017 Competition

The 2017 Competition is now open

The total prize fund has been increased to £900 this year

First prize £500

Second prize £200

Third prize £100

Best story by a Northamptonshire writer £100

Short story on any theme you like, maximum 2000 words

Please send your entries to 

H.E.Bates Short Story Competition,

19 Kingswell Road,

Northampton NN2 6QB,

marking the envelope "For the attention of Nick Hamlyn"

and enclosing a cheque or postal order (payable to N.Hamlyn) for the entry fee of £6 for one story or £10 for two stories.

Alternatively you can enter by e-mail, to 


and pay by PayPal. We will send you a PayPal payment request when we have received your entry.

The deadline for entries is Monday December 4th.

Please check the competition rules before entering.

The Head Judge this year is Tony Klinger. 

Tony has worked in the film industry for many years as a producer and director. His work includes The Avengers TV series in the sixties and the film about The Who, "The Kids Are Alright". He is the author of a book about working with The Who, "Twilight Of The Gods", and two novels, "The Butterfly Boy" and "Under God's Table".

The prize-giving will be at the Quaker Meeting House, Wellington Street, Northampton NN1 3AS at 7.30 pm Thursday February 1st. All welcome.