H.E. Bates Short Story Competition
The long-running H.E. Bates Short Story Competition is now open and I’m delighted to announce that I have been asked to be this year’s head judge!
Herbert Ernest Bates, CBE (1905–74), better known as H. E. Bates, was an English writer and author. His best-known works include Love for Lydia, The Darling Buds of May, (starring David Jason and Catherine Zeta-Jones, Pam Ferris amongst others) and My Uncle Silas. Bates was born on May 16, 1905 in Rushden, Northamptonshire, and educated at Kettering Grammar School. After leaving school, he worked as a reporter and a warehouse clerk.
Before the competition details, here’s a little about me:
Like her, her blog, https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com, is consumed by all things literary.
Run by the Northampton Writers Group, the details of the H.E. Bates competition are on http://www.hebatescompetition.org.uk (with the rules / entry details at http://www.hebatescompetition.org.uk/index3.asp) and below:
- Write us a short story on any theme or genre of your choice.
- Entries must be no longer than 2,000 words in length. Longer stories will be disqualified. There is no minimum but the story must have a start, middle and end.
- Email / postal entries accepted.
- The competition is open to all writers of any age, from anywhere in the world.
- 1st Prize £500; 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).
- The entry fee is £6 for the first story submitted, two stories for £10 (£5 for each subsequent story). Entrants are invited to submit as many stories as they wish.
- The initial judging panel will comprise members of the Northampton Writers’ Group.
- I (Morgen Bailey) am the Head Judge this year. Previous judges have included Jane Wenham-Jones (2014), Della Galton (2013), Stephen Booth (2012), Katie Fforde (2011), Sue Moorcroft (2010), and Judith Allnatt.
- Closing date for entries is midnight (UK time) 30th November 2015.
- Prizes will be awarded at a prize-giving ceremony January 2016 at The Moulton Theatre, Northampton.
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Nick, NWG’s Competition Secretary, receives your stories, removes your names then distributes them to the group’s members who then mark the stories (out of 10). I will be sent the top ten stories to pick the winning three. If the three aren’t Northamptonshire-based, I will pick another story from the selection of top Northants entries for the winner of that category.
The Northampton Writers’ Group, a critique group mostly, meets every other Thursday night in central Northampton, England – do email Nick if you’re local and are interested in joining. More details on Writing Groups.