H.E.Bates Short Story Competition

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     Following the success of

    our 2015 competition, we

         are again offering a

        substantial first prize

2016 Competition

Write us a short story on the subject of your choice.

*   The competition is open to all writers.

*   Entries must be no longer than 2000 words.

*   1st Prize £500

*   2nd Prize £100

*   3rd Prize £50

*    Special prize for the best story written by a Northamptonshire writer £50 (not awarded if the story has won 1st, 2nd, or 3rd prize)

*   The entry fee is £6 for the first story submitted. It is reduced to £10 for any entry of 2 stories. Further stories have a fee of £5 each.

*   Entrants are invited to submit as many stories as they wish, providing they have not been previously published or have been prize-winning entries in another competition.

*  The judging panel will comprise members of the Northampton Writers Group. The Head Judge is Maggie Allen, author and professional ghost-writer.

*   Closing date for entries is Monday 5th December 2016

*   Prizes will be awarded at a prize giving ceremony in January, date to be announced.

There is no entry form. Simply send your story or stories (typed please) with a first sheet giving your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, and title of story or stories to H.E.Bates Competition, 19 Kingswell Road, Kingsthorpe, Northampton NN2 6QB. Please mark the envelope "f.a.o. Nick Hamlyn". Include a postal order or cheque (made out to N.Hamlyn).

Alternatively, you may e-mail your story in Word format, complete with a first page as described above, to hebatescomp@gmail.com and pay by PayPal. In this case, we will invoice you on receipt of your entry.