H.E.Bates Short Story Competition

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2018 Competition

           The H.E.Bates short story competition for 2018                     is now open.

Prizes for original stories up to 2000 words in length will be awarded as follows:

First prize   £500

Second prize   £200

Third prize   £100

Prize for the best Northamptonshire Writer  £100

The Head Judge this year is Julia Thorley, writer and editor, and the author of the collection of monologues, Nine Lives, together with books about yoga and conjuring!

The entry fee is £6 for one story or £10 for two stories.

Please read the full rules before entering.

Send your stories by post to Nick Hamlyn, H.E.Bates Competition, 19 Kingswell Road, Kingsthorpe, Northampton NN2 6QB, enclosing a cheque (made out to N.Hamlyn) or a postal order.

Alternatively, send your stories by email to hebatescomp@gmail.com. In this case you can pay by PayPal. We will send you a request for payment as soon as we receive your entry.

The closing date for entries is Monday 3rd December 2018.

The  results will be announced and the prizes awarded at a ceremony on Thursday 7th February 2019 at the Quaker Meeting House, Wellington Street, Northampton NN1 3AS, starting at 7.30 pm. Winners unable to attend will receive their prizes by post.