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Short Story Competition

We are excited to welcome entries to the Morrab Library Short Story competition.

 

Competition Judges

Peter Moffat is a barrister turned-playwright and screenwriter. He was awarded two BAFTAS for his television drama ‘Criminal Justice’ and his recent series, ‘Your Honour,’ starring Bryan Cranston, aired last year.

Anna Murphy is a teacher and writer, and amongst others writes with Kneehigh Theatre and BBC Radio 4. She is also artistic director of the Writers Block, and collaborates with musicians Bagas Degol.

Des Hannigan is a journalist, travel writer and photographer – he is author or joint author of over fifty books about travel and has written widely about Cornwall’s coast and countryside.

1st prize for both competitions will be a cash award of £50 and one year’s household membership to Morrab Library. Prizes of book tokens generously donated by The Edge Of The World bookshop will also be awarded to two runners up in each category. All winning entries (inc. runners up) will be featured on the library’s website and social media.

We’re delighted to say that the first prize in the adult’s competition will also include a recording of the winning entry by acclaimed actress Maxine Peake.

First prize in the children’s competition will be recorded by local writer Des Hannigan.

The competition is kindly sponsored by library member Nigel Castle.

Entry Guidelines - Adult's Competition
  • Short stories can be on any subject in any style or form.
  • The deadline is midnight on 31st August 2021.
  • Maximum 4,000 words, no minimum.
  • Open to all ages 16+
  • Entries must be written in the English language.
  • There is no entry fee.
  • Email submissions to enquiries@morrablibrary.org.uk with the subject line ‘short-story’, and your name and contact details in the body of the email.
  • Attach your short story to the email as a .pdf, .doc or .docx file. Include the word count to the top right of the first page. Use any font, 12pt, black.
  • The file name should be the title of the story only, or, for untitled pieces, use the first line of the story instead. Please don’t include your name or any biographical information in the file itself, so that entries can be judged anonymously.
  • Once submitted, no alterations may be made to your entry.
  • The judges’ decision is final and no individual correspondence can be entered into. Judges are unable to comment on individual entries.
  • Copyright of each entry remains with the author.
  • Winning entries will be shared on our website and social media.
  • Simultaneous submissions to other competitions are allowed.
  • Previously published work is not eligible.
  • When winners are selected we will check what name you wish to use before sharing – pen names will be allowed – and no details or accompanying biographical information will be shared without your consent.
  • Staff and those involved in running the competition will not be eligible to enter.
Entry Guidelines - Children's Competition
  • Entrants must have permission to enter the competition from a parent or guardian.
  • Short stories can be on any subject in any style or form.
  • The deadline is midnight on 31st August 2021.
  • Maximum 4,000 words, no minimum.
  • Open to all ages under 16.
  • Entries must be written in the English language.
  • There is no entry fee.
  • Email submissions to enquiries@morrablibrary.org.uk with the subject line ‘children’s short-story’, and the author’s name, age and your contact details (or those of your parent or guardian) in the body of the email.
  • Attach your short story to the email as a .pdf, .doc or .docx file. Include the word count to the top right of the first page. Use any font, 12pt, black.
  • The file name should be the title of the story only, or, for untitled pieces, use the first line of the story instead. Please don’t include your name or any biographical information in the file itself, so that entries can be judged anonymously.
  • It is not necessary to have good spelling or perfect grammar to enter – stories will be judged on originality and creativity, rather than how they are executed.
  • The judges’ decision is final and no individual correspondence can be entered into. Judges are unable to comment on individual entries.
  • Copyright of each entry remains with the author.
  • Winning entries will be shared on our website and social media.
  • Simultaneous submissions to other competitions are allowed.
  • Previously published work is not eligible.
  • When winners are selected we will check what name you wish to use before sharing – pen names will be allowed – and no details or accompanying biographical information will be shared without your (or your parent or guardian’s) consent.
  • Staff and those involved in running the competition will not be eligible to enter.

Whether you’re an impassioned bibliophile or just someone who loves a good read, the Morrab is for you: a Cornish treasure house, a meeting place for like-minded souls, and a vibrant forum for contemporary writing.

John le Carré