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Shipton Shorts 2017 Shipton Bellinger Short Story Competition

Submissions must comply with the rules and guidelines below. Those failing to do so must be rejected. If you have any questions, do contact us.

Rules and Guidelines

  1. General. Each submission must be a fictional, previously unpublished short story, written in English, of between 1,500-2,200 words inspired by the theme.  If you wish to submit an episode from a memoir, make it into a story. There is no restriction on genre. Essays, non-fiction, erotica or any submission that, in the opinion of the organisers or judges is defamatory or discriminatory, will not be accepted. We cannot accept stories based on any commercially-available universe or character (e.g. No ‘Doctor Who’ or 'Jason Bourne' stories).
  2. Locality. This is a competition to encourage writing in the local area. Writers must have an association with the local area - 10 miles from Shipton Bellinger Village Centre. This includes those who might have picked up a form or handout at the Shipton Fete or from shops and libraries in the area.
  3. Theme. The theme for 2017 is 'Around the village'. Contestants are free to interpret this as they wish.
  4. Format. Submissions should be consistent, typed in 12-point font, 1½ or double spaced (see Paragraph... in Word). Fonts must be plain black, preferably Calibri or Cambria (Word 2007+), Times New Roman or Arial (Word previous versions) or equivalent with a 2.5cm margin all round.  First lines of paragraphs should be indented by ~ 1cm. The title should be stated clearly, in bold, at the head of your submission and is the only way the judges can identify your work. Page numbers should be at the bottom of each page (in MS Word, Insert'Page Number...). The total word count should be at the start of your submission (the title and word count are not included in the total). Online/eMail submissions must in .doc, .docx or .rtf formats and must have a file name the same as the story title (e.g. ‘My Story.docx’).
  5. Anonymous. Do NOT put your name on your submission as the competition is judged anonymously.
  6. Restrictions. Entries that have won, been placed or are under consideration (e.g. shortlisted) in other writing competitions are not eligible. Entries must be your own work.
  7. Copyright/permission. If sufficient high-quality submissions are received, an eBook Anthology will be published containing the winning story and the best submissions. Copyright will remain with the author but entry grants permission for the submission to be included in this Anthology.
  8. Deadline. Entries must be received by midnight, July 31st 2017. Entries received after this time cannot be accepted.  A Short List will be announced by 31st August and the winner announced at the Short Story prizegiving in September (date and time to be announced).  
  9. Entry Form. Submissions must be accompanied by a completed entry form, one per submission. Permission must be granted by adults for entries by under-16s.
  10. Fees. Currently free.
  11. The judges' decisions are final and no correspondence can or will be undertaken with respect to any decisions.
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As long as you have some sort of association with the local area, the answer is almost certainly going to be yes!

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