FELIXSTOWE BOOK FESTIVAL SHORT STORY COMPETITION 2018
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.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.