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Tuesday, 7. Feb 2017 - Short Story Competition - Judging event


Join our judging event of our annual short story competition with Helen Marshall as the juror.

Helen is a Lecturer of Creative Writing and Publishing at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, England. Her first collection of fiction Hair Side, Flesh Side won the Sydney J Bounds Award in 2013, and Gifts for the One Who Comes After, her second collection, won the World Fantasy Award and the Shirley Jackson Award in 2015. She is currently editing The Year’s Best Weird Fiction to be released in 2017, and her debut novel Everything that is Born will be published by Random House Canada in 2018.

Cambridge Writers’ Annual Short Story Competition

Theme: Rituals.
Word limit:
2,500 words
Rules: Entries must be your original work. They must not have been previously published (other than as part of a self-published e-book), or have won other prizes. Only members may enter.
Closing date: Entries must be received before midnight on Saturday 31st December.
Competition judge: Helen Marshall, who teaches Creative Writing at Anglia Ruskin University. The identity of entrants will not be known to the judge.
Day of Judgement: Tuesday 7th February, 7.30 pm at Hartington Grove Friends’ Meeting House. Entrants are urged to do their best to attend. Winning and commended entries will be read out, and this is best done by the author.
Prizes: These will take the form of book tokens. 1st prize £30, 2nd prize £20, 3rd prize £10. In addition three entries will receive commendations. No entrant will receive more than one recognition in the form of either a prize or a commendation. Prize winning and commended entries will be published in the form of an e-book. It is a condition of entry that you agree to this. Any income from sales of the book will go to Cambridge Writers. Copyright remains with the author.
Email entries: These must be sent to kmenglish55@msn.com They should be double spaced and must bear a title. They must not show who the author is. A separate attachment must show the title and author. Emails must show their subject as ‘Short Story Competition’. All email entries will be acknowledged as having been received.
Entries by post: Follow the same rules as for an email entry, but post to:
Cambridge Writers
26 Froment Way,
CB24 6DT
Entry fee: The first entry is free, but should you wish to send further entries, you may do so at a fee of £3 each. A cheque made payable to ‘Cambridge Writers’ may be sent to the above address, but if possible we prefer you to pay by bank transfer. You will be sent details of how to do this by the Competition Secretary.

Bringing philosophers to life

The idea for my project came to me when I read about the attempts that Plato made to persuade Dionysius, tyrant of Syracuse, to adopt a better form of government. He continued to attempt this with the tyrant’s son, also called Dionysius, when he succeeded his father. There was also a homo-erotic affair between Plato and Dion, a relative of the tyrants. I thought this would make good longish short story. In fact it grew into a novella of 22,000 words, and I felt that in the course of telling the story I had explained something of Plato’s philosophy.

The Seven Deadly Sins 2016

The e-book with the  winning entries from the 2016 Cambridge Writers Short Story competition is now available on Amazon.

The short stories are by Huguette Chatterton, Will Tate, Les Brookes, Catherine Campbell, Catherine Brierley and Angela Wray.

Artist Annabel Lee. provided the cover art.