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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Writing competition - 'Sanctuary'

Though not peculiar just to Spain, but sadly the financial crisis here has meant that pet owners have abandoned their animals, often without any thought to their welfare; dumped in rubbish bins, left on busy roads or abandoned in the countryside. Horse, cat and dog sanctuaries are attempting to rectify matters. One such sanctuary is San Animal Santuario which is based in San Juan de Los Terreros on the Murcia –AndalucĂ­a border of Spain (see below).

Sue Johnson, a short story writer, novelist and writing tutor, has  joined forces with Cathy Zelenka (see her Blog to organise a short story writing competition to help the San Animal Santuario.

Short stories of up to 1,000 words on the theme of Sanctuary must be submitted by 31st July 2014.

There is an entry fee of £5 per story – or £12 for three - with the option of a full critique by Sue for an additional £5 per story.

The theme can be interpreted in any way you choose – your favourite place, a lover’s arms, an escape story.

1st prize £100
2nd £50
3rd £25.

Cheques should be made payable to S Johnson.

Please double space your work and send to: The Gallops, Southam Lane, Cheltenham GL52 8NY.
No email submissions, so you’ll have to be quick.

If you would like a critique, please enclose return postage. All other entries will be shredded after the competition.

Further details about the competition can be found on Cathy’s blog:

San Animal Santuario

A small international team of volunteers rescue abandoned dogs, puppies, kittens and cats. Recently a puppy was rescued from the countryside where he was found tied up in full sun, with no food or water, he’d simply been left to slowly die in agony.

San Animal Santuario find many animals new homes in other parts of Europe which incurs the additional costs of them being neutered, vaccinated, given passports and transported etc. There is also a programme to sterilise feral cats.

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