This competition was inspired by the Northampton-born master of short stories, H.E.Bates, and was first launched in 2005, his centennial year. It’s run by the Northampton Writers Group; for full website details, see here
Deadline - Monday 5th December 2016
Subject - of your choice.
Open to all writers.
Length - no longer than 2000 words.
* 1st Prize £500
* 2nd Prize £100
* 3rd Prize £50
Entry fee - £6 for the first story submitted. (It is reduced to £10 for any entry of 2 stories. Further stories have a fee of £5 each.) You can submit as many stories as you wish, providing they have not been previously published or have been prize-winning entries in another competition.
Judging panel - members of the Northampton Writers Group. The Head Judge is Maggie Allen, author and professional ghost-writer.
Postal entry: Send your story or stories (typed please) with a first sheet giving your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, and title of story or stories to H.E.Bates Competition, 19 Kingswell Road, Kingsthorpe, Northampton NN2 6QB. Please mark the envelope "f.a.o. Nick Hamlyn". Include a postal order or cheque (made out to N.Hamlyn).
E-mail entry: e-mail your story in Word format, complete with a first page as described above, to firstname.lastname@example.org and pay by PayPal; you will be invoiced on receipt of your entry.