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Friday, August 05, 2011

The New Rose Short Story Prize

A quick mention today for this new short-story competition, which has just been launched by successful romantic fiction writer (and my near-neighbour) Miranda Dickinson.

Members of my forum may know Miranda better by her forum ID of Wurdsmyth.

The New Rose Short Story Prize 2011 is open to all unpublished writers. To enter, you have to write a short story of any genre, maximum 2,500 words. The closing date for entries is midnight (UK time) on Wednesday 31 August.

The top prize is a place on one of RNA-nominated author Ruth Saberton's writing holidays, plus signed goodies from Miranda and a starring role on her blog.

Two runners-up will win a short-story critique from competition judge Jamie Guiney, as well as signed goodies and their stories published on Miranda's blog.

The contest is free to enter and open to anyone. The first prize does not include travel, however, so if you live outside the UK, it would be up to you to arrange flights and onward transport to the lovely village of Polperro in Cornwall. As the photo below shows, it would be well worth it, though :-)

Stories must not have been published in a book or magazine or as part of an e-book people have had to pay for, but Miranda says there is no objection to stories that have been posted on discussion forums (such as myWritersCircle).

For more details, and how to enter, visit the New Rose Short Story Prize announcement page on Miranda's blog. You can also post any questions you may have about the contest there.

Good luck if you decide to enter this contest. And just a quick reminder that I am also running a short story contest at the moment, for a science-fiction story of up to 1000 words, with a copy of my new writers guide Kindle Kash as the prize. Here's a link to my blog post about this.

Happy short story writing!

Photo credit: Polperro Harbour by Martin Pettitt on Flickr.

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