Deadline looming for aspiring authors

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The deadline is looming for aspiring authors from across the district to submit their entries for this year’s North Notts Short Story Competition.

The popular competition is back for a third year and Bassetlaw District Council is asking local writers to submit stories based around this year’s theme of ‘Wars and Pieces’, chosen to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1.

Armed conflict, battles and wars are some of humanity’s earliest occupations which have given writers inspiration for thousands of years. In its wake, war leaves behind pieces; pieces of places; pieces of ways of life; pieces for people.

Entries for this year’s Short Story competition can take on any number of these elements but do not have to be about the First World War. Stories can be submitted by Friday 15th June and full details can be found on the council’s website.

Cllr. Jo White, Deputy Leader of Bassetlaw District Council said: “This year’s theme is extremely thought provoking and we have already received some very interesting short stories. We have some extremely talented amateur authors within North Nottinghamshire and we hope to receive even more entries before the deadline day.”

The 2018 North Notts Short Story Competition is open to Bassetlaw residents of any age and stories should be no more than 8,000 words. Entries should be submitted as a file attachment (PDF or word) and sent to before the closing date of Friday 15th June 2018. Please visit for further details and full terms and conditions.

In addition to the first prize of £500, Bassetlaw District Council will arrange for the story to be published electronically and the winner will receive an invitation for four people to the North Notts Literary Lunch.  There will be a second and third prize of £100 and £50 respectively and again, the runners up will be invited to the Literary Lunch (venue and date to be confirmed).

Published: Wednesday 06 June 2018