The judges will be looking for submissions that match the theme, are engaging and interesting and which have a recognisable story. They will also be concerned that entries are well-
We strongly advise you use a spell-
Check out the Rules & Guidelines to make sure you are using a layout that is easy for the judges to read. This sort of layout is standard for litarary competitions as some writers think (erroneously) that they might get an advantage by using strange fonts, layouts or colours. All that such strange formatting does it make it difficult for the judges to read your short story.
We have provided a Microsoft Word template to make things easy for you, but you do not have to use this template.
Your submission should be between 1500 and 2000 words long, excluding the title. That’s shorter than you might think, but long enough to develop characters and plot. Make sure that your story is based on the theme (for 2016, that is ‘From the Village’).
Some writers start with a title and an idea and develop the story from there; others devise a title from their story. Whichever way you do it, make sure your title is put on your entry form (postal or online) as it is the only way we have of identifying your submission -
Use a spell checker to correct basic spelling mistakes, then ask someone else to read your story and highlight the spelling mistakes that remain. Ask them to point out any grammatical errors and any strange-
Ask for honest feedback. It’s difficult to get, as almost everyone you know will not want to hurt your feelings, but it is important. Key to accepting such feedback, though, is being aware that the feedback or criticism is about your story, not you. What’s more, you don’t have to act on the criticism, just listen to it as only you can decide whether the feedback is applicable to what you want to achieve.
After several such read-
This short story competition is primarily intended to promote the talent and writing skills of this corner of Hampshire, Wiltshire and Salisbury Plain. As such, submissions are invited -
To find out if you are within the local area, use the map on the page below.
|Village 2017 Winner|
|Pewsey 2016 Winner|
|Truth 2016 2nd|
|Passing 2016 3rd|
|OMG 2015 Winner|
|Tranquility 2015 2nd|
|Elgar, The Saxon Boy 2015 3rd|
|Hints & Tips|
|Rules & Guidelines|