H.E.Bates Short Story Competition

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2019 Competition


The H.E.Bates short story competition for 2019  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 Stephen Collier, the author of the acclaimed crime novels, Blind Murder  and Driving Dead.


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 9th December 2019.

The  results will be announced and the prizes awarded at a ceremony on Thursday 6th February 2020 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.