Competition 2014

Welcome to Stylo’s annual writing competition. The idea for this year’s entries came from the work we do with our school-age students, who spend a lot of time around about this time of year penning stories of around 1000 words for the dreaded exams in May. We’re so impressed by what we’ve seen from them, we’ve decided to make that the theme of our competition. So any genre, any theme: just 1000 words to play with. No more, no less. 1000 on the nose.

Need a little inspiration to get you started? We can’t find a better site than this one: http://www.exactly1000words.com/category/stories.

As with all Stylo’s competitions, this one is free to enter and carries the prize of a place on a Stylo writing week, as well as five runner-up prizes. Last year Denton Pride blew us away with his entry to our Six-word Story competition, ‘Negative: I’m landing on the Hudson.’ Our judges described it as ‘Topical and totally gripping’. Two runners-up enjoyed a 20% discount on our writing retreat in the south of France in October last year. We can’t think of a better reason for you to put fingers to keyboard and start dreaming up your own entry. Who knows where it might lead you?

Send your entry to us here. Only entries submitted via this link will be eligible, but you may enter as many times as you like (one aspiring hopeful once submitted over 3,000 entries to a similar competition). A single email may contain multiple entries. Entries must be original and previously unpublished.

Competition closes 30th June 2014.   

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