june, 2019

30jun1:00 am1:00 amWells Festival of Literature's Short Story CompetitionInternational Entry Fee: £6
Max word count: 2,000
Top Prize: £750

Event Details

Competitions are an integral part of the Wells Festival of Literature, with entries increasing every year, and submissions arriving from all over the world. Our poetry competition has been running since the Festival began, and our short story competition since 1994. The entries they attract are mostly of an extremely high calibre.

This year’s International Competitions run 1 April – midnight 30 June 2019. The judges will present the prizes at a ceremony during the Festival in Ritchie Hall, Wells on Sunday 20 October 2019. Immediately preceding this, the shortlisted poets will be invited to read their entries. This special occasion is one of the highlights of the Festival when, for the first time, the winning writers are revealed and rewarded.

Our Short Story judge is Mark McCrum who began his career as a travel writer, with a trio of well-received books. These were followed by a candid account of the UK’s first Reality TV programme, Castaway 2000, and a best-seller about Robbie Williams on tour. After Going Dutch In Beijing, a lighthearted look at global etiquette, and Walking With The Wounded, the true story of four Afghan veterans reaching the North Pole, he turned to crime with The Festival Murders and Cruising to Murder

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