Short Story Competition 2022

TENDRING TALES

The Frinton Literary Festival are pleased to announce a 1000-word short story competition for 2022, to coincide with the Literary Festival.

We are looking for stories with a strong flavour of Tendring. We are blessed with a wonderful coastline, countryside and towns, as well as a rich history, interesting characters and coastal and rural industries.

For 2022, our theme is LOVE ON THE COAST.

Your story can be set anytime in the past, present or future. Whatever aspects of Tendring you choose as the basis for your story, just make sure you tell us in up to 1000 words (excluding title) and email it to us by the deadline of September 11th 2022.

Judges:

Freya North, bestselling author

Lesley Kara, bestselling author

Gordon Wise, agent – Curtis Brown

Anita Belli, author, Author in the Classroom

Gerald Hornsby, author and publisher

Prizes:

The winner (in the opinion of the judges) will receive a £50 Caxton Books and Gallery gift token.

Two runners up will be awarded a £25 gift token (for Caxton Books and Gallery) each.

Prizes will be awarded at the Afternoon Tea event (23rd October) by Freya North

See the terms and conditions below for further information about how to submit your entry.

Terms and conditions of entry

• Frinton Literary Festival 2022 Short Fiction Prize is only open to writers resident in Essex.

• Entrants must be over 18.

• Family members or close friends of the judges will not be eligible.

• There is no limit to the number of entries any one entrant is allowed to make. Each entry must be sent in a separate email.

• Short fiction pieces of up to 1000 words, excluding the title, are eligible for entry. Entries over this length will not be eligible.

* Each entry must relate to the central theme (LOVE AND THE SEA).

• All submissions must be written in English.

• Format your story in Times New Roman or similar font, Size 12, 2.0/1.5 spacing, using black font colour

• Please supply your name, the name of your story in the body of the email and attach the story as a Microsoft Word .doc or .docx file.

• Stories must be submitted anonymously, without any identifying information on the attachment. Attachments that include names or contact information will not be eligible.

• We are unable to offer personalised feedback for entries.

• All entries must be submitted via email only to:

frintonliteraryfestival@gmail.com

We are unable to accept postal entries or hard copy entries.

• Our competitions are run and judged internally. Our judging team is comprised of 5 professionals from the literary world.

• The closing deadline is Midnight, GMT (23:59pm) on Sunday the 11th September 2022.

• Winners will be announced on or before Monday, 10th October 2022 on the Frinton Literary Festival website http://www.frintonliteraryfestival.co.uk

Winners will also be notified by email with details of how to collect their prize.

Judges:

Freya North: Freya Freya North is one of the UK’s bestselling writers. Her first novel, Sally, was published to great acclaim while she was still in her twenties. Her subsequent books have all been bestsellers. In 2008, she won the RNA Book of the Year award with Pillow Talk. Across all books and formats, she has sold over 3 million books to date. Her new novel, Little Wing, was released in 2022.
https://freyanorth.com

Lesley Kara: Lesley is an alumna of the Faber Academy ‘Writing a Novel’ course. She completed an English degree and PGCE at Greenwich University, having previously worked as a nurse and a secretary, and then became a lecturer and manager in Further Education. She lives near the Suffolk coast. Her novels The Rumour, Who Did You Tell, and The Dare, are published by Transworld, a division of Penguin Random House.  Her new novel, The Apartment Upstairs, was released in 2022.
https://www.lesleykara.com

Gordon Wise: Gordon became a literary agent at Curtis Brown in 2005 but began working in the book industry in 1989 as a bookseller. He went on to be an editor and later, Publishing Director at companies including Pan Macmillan and John Murray/Hachette. Besides managing his own wide-ranging list of fiction and non-fiction clients, he is Joint Managing Director of Curtis Brown’s Book Department, and has been Agent of the Year at the British Book Industry Awards and President of the Association of Authors’ Agents.
https://www.curtisbrown.co.uk/agent/gordon-wise

Anita Belli: Anita is both a traditionally and independently published novelist. She writes 20th Century Historical Novels and Contemporary Romance, and has published non-fiction books to accompany her workshop series. As a creative writing tutor, Anita works in schools, libraries and communities to inspire as many people as possible to explore creative writing, tell their own story and to publish their work.
https://www.anitabelli.com

Gerald Hornsby: Gerald has written and published several full-length novels and hundreds of pieces of short and micro fiction. Active in independent publishing since 2010, he has published seven crime and thriller novels under his own name and  his pseudonym, Jack Warwick. Gerald has been a co-host of the Literary Roadhouse podcast for over 5 years, is co-owner of publisher Hard Pressed Books and writing support services company writer.support.
https://gerald-hornsby.com


2021 competition

We have selected our shortlist, which is as follows:

Looking for Frinton – Clare Shaw
Next To Me – Charlie Palmer
The Ghost Reader – Nancy Stevenson
Ghosts on the Coast – Polyanna Manning
The Waltzers – Sandy Stidston


We are pleased to announce:

The 2021 Frinton Literary Festival Short Story Competition

“Ghosts on the Coast”

Your challenge is to write a 1,000 word ghost story. We are an island nation, and our history is enriched by stories connected with the sea, so we are looking for stories which feature some aspects of our beautiful coastline here in North Essex. Whether you have a haunted beach hut, a ghostly fishing boat, or mysterious footsteps in the sand, the subject is entirely up to you.

Then all you have to do is email your story to us at frintonliteraryfestival@gmail.com before 10pm on Sunday 19th September 2021.
The shortlisted authors will be listed on the www.frintonliteraryfestival.co.uk website on 1st October 2021.
The three finalists will be notified by email on 11th October. They will be invited to join us as our guests at the Festival Literary Lunch with Lady Anne Glenconner on Saturday, 23rd October at Frinton Tennis Club, where the overall winner will be announced. The winner will receive a £50 Caxton Books gift voucher.

Entry is FREE, but please make sure you check the guidelines, terms and conditions below:

JUDGES

Lesley Kara: Lesley is an alumna of the Faber Academy ‘Writing a Novel’ course. She completed an English degree and PGCE at Greenwich University, having previously worked as a nurse and a secretary, and then became a lecturer and manager in Further Education. She lives on the North Essex coast. Her novels The Rumour, Who Did You Tell, and The Dare, are published by Transworld, a division of Penguin Random House.
https://www.lesleykara.com

Gordon Wise: Gordon became a literary agent at Curtis Brown in 2005 but began working in the book industry in 1989 as a bookseller. He went on to be an editor and later, Publishing Director at companies including Pan Macmillan and John Murray/Hachette. Besides managing his own wide-ranging list of fiction and non-fiction clients, he is Joint Managing Director of Curtis Brown’s Book Department, and has been Agent of the Year at the British Book Industry Awards and President of the Association of Authors’ Agents.
https://www.curtisbrown.co.uk/agent/gordon-wise

Anita Belli: Anita is both a traditionally and independently published novelist. She writes 20th Century Historical Novels and Contemporary Romance, and has published non-fiction books to accompany her workshop series. As a creative writing tutor, Anita works in schools, libraries and communities to inspire as many people as possible to explore creative writing, tell their own story and to publish their work.
https://www.anitabelli.com

Gerald Hornsby: Gerald has written and published several full-length novels and hundreds of pieces of short and micro fiction. Active in independent publishing since 2010, he has published seven crime and thriller novels under his own name and his pseudonym, Jack Warwick. Gerald has been a co-host of the Literary Roadhouse podcast for over 3 years, is co-owner of publisher Hard Pressed Books and writing support services company writer.support.
https://gerald-hornsby.com


Terms and conditions of entry
• Frinton Literary Festival 2021 Short Story Competition is open to all writers living or working in North Essex, which includes Tendring and Colchester.
• Entrants must be over 18.
• Family members or close friends of the four judges will not be eligible.
• There is no limit to the number of entries any one entrant is allowed to make. Each entry must be sent in a separate email.
• Short story pieces of up to 1000 words, excluding the title, are eligible for entry. Entries over this length will not be eligible.
• Stories must be an identifiable ghost story.
• All submissions must be written in English.
• Format your story in Times New Roman or similar font, Size 12, 2.0/1.5 spacing, using black font colour.
• Please supply your name and the name of your story in the body of the email and attach the story as a Microsoft Word .doc or .docx file.
• Stories must be submitted anonymously, without any identifying information on the attachment. Attachments that include names or contact information will not be eligible.
• We are unable to offer personalised feedback for entries.
• All entries must be submitted via email only to:
frintonliteraryfestival@gmail.com
We are unable to accept postal entries or hard copy entries. If this poses a problem, please contact Caxton Books and Gallery.
• Our competitions are run and judged internally. Our judging team is comprised of 4 authors and agent working in the literary industry, who are also members of the Frinton Literary Festival Committee.
• The closing deadline is 10pm, GMT (21:59pm) on the 19th September 2021.
• Winners will be notified by email on 11th October 2021 and on the Frinton Literary Festival website http://www.frintonliteraryfestival.co.uk shortly afterwards.
The finalists should make themselves available to be present at the Frinton Literary Festival Literary Lunch on Saturday, 23rd October 2021 at 1pm. Tickets will be collected from Caxton Books and Gallery in Frinton, or can be posted, once the finalists have been notified.