EADT Suffolk - - Competition -

THE Felixs­towe Book Fes­ti­val, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Suf­folk Mag­a­zine, is launch­ing its 2018 short story com­pe­ti­tion. We’re look­ing for short sto­ries of up to 1,000 words, and the win­ning en­try will be pub­lished in Suf­folk Mag­a­zine.

In this aus­pi­cious year – the cen­te­nary of the First World War (2014 to 2018) – we’re com­mem­o­rat­ing the event with a fo­cus on re­mem­brance and the legacy of this con­flict. At the end of the war, the Rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the Peo­ple Act 1918 gave women over 30 who were house­hold­ers (a to­tal of around 8.4 mil­lion women) the vote for the first time. So, with 100 years of re­flec­tion, we’re look­ing for sto­ries that en­com­pass the theme of ‘Cen­te­nary’.

“Th­ese two events de­fined the world that was to fol­low, and they are not un­re­lated,” says au­thor and com­pe­ti­tion judge Ruth Dug­dall. “When we think of the First World War we think of a lost gen­er­a­tion of young men, of trenches and No Man’s Land, the hor­ror of re­lent­less fight­ing. With so many men away, women took up roles in the work­place and found their voice, adding fuel to the fire of the Suf­fragette move­ment which achieved its first ma­jor suc­cess in 1918. A story could take inspiration from either of th­ese mo­men­tous events, it could be based on his­tor­i­cal fact or be en­tirely fic­tional.”

Fel­low judge Rosy Thorn­ton added: “Cen­te­nary, and the res­o­nances of the past, make a great theme for short fic­tion. And the inspiration is all around us here in Suf­folk – whether it’s the The­ber­ton Zep­pelin crash or per­haps just three names from one fam­ily on the war me­mo­rial in your lo­cal church.”

Jeanette He­witt said: “Tales from the war can and have in­spired so many re­mark­able sto­ries over the years, and the Great War changed the world and the way men and women lived. The cen­te­nary gives a great scope to get those creative juices flow­ing.” So why not put pen to pa­per, or fin­ger to key­board, and give it a go?

How to en­ter

The clos­ing date for the com­pe­ti­tion is Fri­day May 11, 2018.

The three win­ners will be an­nounced at the Short Story Event at the Felixs­towe Book Fes­ti­val on Satur­day June 30, 4.30pm-5.30pm.

Sto­ries should not ex­ceed 1,000 words.

To pay for your en­try, please buy a ticket for the Short Story Event. Tick­ets are avail­able from April and can be bought on­line from the New Wolsey The­atre box office, or fol­low the link to the Felixs­towe Book Fes­ti­val web­site www.fe­lixs­towe­book­fes­ti­val.co.uk/tick­ets

Ev­ery­one who buys a ticket for this event is en­ti­tled to en­ter the com­pe­ti­tion and at­tend the Short Story event at the fes­ti­val. Please note: en­tries are lim­ited to 40, due to room ca­pac­ity.

Once you have bought your ticket please email your en­try to: suffolkmagazine@archant.co.uk, putting Short Story Com­pe­ti­tion in the sub­ject line. Please in­clude your name, con­tact tele­phone num­ber, word count and ti­tle of story.

If you have any ques­tions, please email ruth@ruth­dug­dall.com prior to sub­mit­ting your en­try, us­ing the sub­ject line: SHORT STORY QUERY.


First Prize: The win­ning story will be pub­lished in Suf­folk Mag­a­zine. The win­ner will also re­ceive a 12-month sub­scrip­tion to the mag­a­zine and a book voucher.

Sec­ond Prize: A 12-month sub­scrip­tion to Suf­folk Mag­a­zine and a book voucher.

Third Prize: A 12-month sub­scrip­tion to Suf­folk Mag­a­zine and a book voucher.

The win­ner and the two run­ners-up will be in­vited to read their sto­ries to an au­di­ence at the event, al­though a judge can read the story if that is pre­ferred.

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