I mentioned a while ago that Manchester Metropolitan University was doing a fiction writing competition. This is a competition for short stories and poetry. Anyone over the age of 16 can enter and it cost £17.50 to submit whatever it is you’re choosing to write. I’m not sure what the conditions for the poetry is, but for the short stories you have a limit of 2500 words.
The deadline was 5pm on the 20th (last Friday) and I was still working on mine at 1pm. I managed to get it finished and submitted by 1:30pm.
I’ll find out on December 20th if I’ve been short listed. I think there might be 8 people short listed. And those 8 are invited to a ceremony in February 2020 to find out who won. First prize is £10,000. But there’s a chance of having 2 winners, splitting it £5k each.
I’d like to share my story with you now, but the rules of the comp state the stories can’t be published anywhere until after the ceremony.
My short story was actually one based off of the book I’ve been working on for the past 11 months. The book has a lot of history that needs to be explained but not in the book itself. So I decided to write 10 short stories. The short story I entered into the competition is a cut-down version of one of those 10. As I needed to make it fit the 2500 word limit. The actual story will be over twice that.
The competition story will be uploaded here in February. But the full version will be sold in a book along with 4 other short stories. And a 2nd book will have another 5 short stories. Both of these books will be on sale some time next year. I’ll post here when they are.
Thanks for reading. Have a great week.