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Short Story Competition

Short story competitions, with separate classes for adults and children, will take place in the run-up to the Minehead Literary Festival 2020.

Tessa Hadley, one of the country’s foremost writers of novels and short stories, will judge the adults’ competition. The children’s entries, organised in conjunction with local creative writing group Café Write, will be judged by children’s author Sam Angus.

MLF Short Story Competition Poster SECRET - Short Story CompetitionFor adults 16+ years old

Theme: The Secret

Entries (one per person) of up to 500 words, may be prose or poetry.

Entries must be type-written and accompanied by a completed application form (download here), and submitted to mineheadliteraryfestival@gmail.com, or posted to Minehead Literary Festival (Comp), c/o Flat 1 Merton Place, Western Lane, Minehead TA24 8BG.

Entries must arrive before March 6, 2020. Winners will be announced at the end of the literary festival on Sunday April 26, immediately after the panel session (approximately 4.45pm).

The under 16s competition, facilitated by Café Write and supported by the West Somerset Academies Trust, has three age-specific categories:

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Those aged 5-7 and 8-10 years old

Theme: The Lost Boat

A short story or poem of up to 250 words and entries may also be illustrated.

All entries by under 16s should be submitted, with a completed application form, (download here) via mineheadliteraryfestival@gmail.com or posted to: Minehead Literary Festival (Comp), c/o West Somerset Academies Trust, Minehead Middle School, Ponsford Road, Minehead TA24 5RH.

Entries must arrive before March 6, 2020 and winners will be announced at the end of the morning session (at approximately 11.15am) on Saturday April 25.

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Those aged 11-15 years old

Theme: I Captured the Castle

A short story or poem with a limit of up to 500 words.

All entries by under 16s should be submitted, with a completed application form, (download here) via mineheadliteraryfestival@gmail.com or posted to: Minehead Literary Festival (Comp), c/o West Somerset Academies Trust, Minehead Middle School, Ponsford Road, Minehead TA24 5RH.

Entries must arrive before March 6, 2020 and winners will be announced at the end of the morning session (at approximately 11.15am) on Saturday April 25.

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