Budding writers invited to take part in short story competition

Posted by er134 at Jul 11, 2014 11:26 AM |
University of Leicester writing competition open to young and old throughout Leicestershire

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 11 July 2014

Blossoming writers and storytellers throughout Leicestershire are invited to take part in a writing competition where the only limit is the imagination.

The University of Leicester’s Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning’s inaugural Summer Short Story Competition 2014 is open to adults and younger entrants aged from 10-15 and provides writers with the chance to enter stories from any genre.

Two competitions are available for members of the public to take part in: one for adults and one for juniors. The writer of the winning adult entry will receive £300 and the winning junior entrant will receive £100.

All adult winners and shortlisted stories will also be published in the 2014 ‘Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning Short Story Anthology’.

Entry to the competitions is free.

David Wharton, Course Director for the Certificate of Higher Education in Creative Writing at the Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning, said: “It’s exciting to be encouraging local creative writers. There are plenty of people in this area with brilliant stories sitting in a drawer waiting to be read, and this is a wonderful opportunity for those unpublished writers to reach an audience. Equally, if you’ve been considering a great idea for a story but haven’t got around to writing it down yet, we hope the competition will encourage you to put pen to paper.”

You can enter the adult competition if you are:

  • over the age of 21 on 1 August 2014;
  • not currently in full-time education;
  • not a previously published writer;
  • not a current student of the University of Leicester;
  • not a member of University of Leicester staff

The deadline for entries to the Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning’s Summer Short Story Competition 2014 is Friday 12 September 2014. The junior competition is open to anyone aged from 10 to 15 by Friday 1 August 2014.

The word limit for stories is 2500 words and each competitor can only submit one story.

The story must be an original fictional piece of imaginative storytelling and submitted stories can be in any genre or style.

The competition promotes the Centre’s Certificate of Higher Education in Creative Writing. On this two-year part-time course, students develop their skills as writers of fiction, poetry and drama. The next intake for the course is on Wednesday 1 October 2014 and applications are now open. More information can be found here: http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/lifelong-learning/parttime/course-pages/creativewriting

For full competition rules and to enter online go to www.le.ac.uk/lifelonglearning

ENDS

Notes to Editors:

For more information please email Vicky Anderson on va50@le.ac.uk

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