Katie Fforde announced as H.E. Bates Short Story competition judge

I’m thrilled to announce that novelist, editor and short story author Katie Fforde is to be the H.E. Bates Short Story 2011 Competition judge.

Full details can be seen here (and rules and entry details here) but the following is a summary:

  • Write us a short story on the subject of your choice.
  • The competition is open to all writers.
  • Entries must be no longer than 2000 words in length.
  • 1st Prize £150; 2nd Prize £100; 3rd Prize £50
  • Special prize for the best story written by a Northamptonshire writer £50 (not awarded if the story has won 1st, 2nd or 3rd Prize)
  • In addition, a prize of £50 will be awarded for the best story by a writer who is under 18 years old on the closing date for entries.
  • The entry fee is £4 for each story submitted – or £1 for each story submitted by an Under 18 writer. Entrants are invited to submit as many stories as they wish.
  • The judging panel will comprise members of the Northampton Writers’ Group.
  • We are delighted to announce that Katie Fforde will be the Head Judge. Katie is the author of the best-selling books Summer Of Love, A Perfect Proposal, Living Dangerously, and much else.
  • Closing date for entries is Thursday 1st December 2011.
  • Prizes will be awarded at a prize giving ceremony in the new year. Date and venue to be announced.

I have to say (well, I don’t have to but I’m being kind) that one of the stories I read last year didn’t have a beginning or end (only a middle) so lost points for that (I start at 10 and work downwards). Nick, our competition organiser, let it go through to the panel which I wouldn’t have done as to me it wasn’t a short story so he’s clearly even kinder than me. 🙂

So there you have it! I belong to Northampton Writers’ Group (so, yes, I’ll be one of the panelists reading your stories (Nick gets them first and removes the names so they’re totally anonymous)) – you can listen to one of my red pen podcasts to hear me being firm but fair – so if you have any question feel free to email me.

The Northampton Writers’ Group (critique group) meets every other Thursday night in central Northampton, England – email me if you’re local and are interested in joining.

5 thoughts on “Katie Fforde announced as H.E. Bates Short Story competition judge

  1. morgenbailey says:

    Great! (love your picture by the way) There’s no theme and I’m sure a lot of people often write to what the judge writes, but we had a real mixture last year so who knows? It was fun. 🙂


  2. Rod Paddock says:

    Hey up Morgen, there’s so much out of date stuff both here and on the H. E. Bates Short Story Competition that I lost interest. Has it all folded or just not kept up to date for some reason?
    I’d like to know. In fact, I wonder whether this message will ever be noticed, never mind being read and responded to.


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