WOW Festival 2016 Competitions

This year we have three exciting competitions:

 

West Sussex Writers / Worthing WOW Flash Fiction Competition 2016

In addition to running a full weekend of writing workshops in June, The West Sussex Writers are pleased to announce that we are running a writing completion as part of the Worthing World of Words Festival 2016.


Entry is absolutely free and the prize is to have your flash fiction published on the Worthing WOW page of The Worthing Herald.


The style for competition is “flash fiction” – a very short story. There is no definitive length for flash fiction, which can range from just a handful of words up to 1,000 words, but for the purposes of this competition the word limit is 300. Our theme is open so you can let your imagination and creativity run riot – within the word constraint! The challenge is to get all the usual qualities of a good story into such a tightly clenched fist of words to punch the reader quickly. We’re looking for a knockout! How much can you leave out, hinted or implied with careful crafting, but still achieve characterisation and a story arc – a beginning, middle and an end?


The shortlist will be compiled by a panel of judges from Worthing WOW and West Sussex Writers. The shortlist will be judged by Worthing author, Pam Weaver. Pam Weaver’s writing career started with short children’s stories. She has had hundreds of short stories and articles published in specialist publications and women’s magazines. Pam enjoys teaching and speaking about writing and was a teacher at Northbrook College for several years. Her first novel, There’s Always Tomorrow, was published by HaperCollins Avon in 2011 with new novels following every year since. Pam Weaver has been a member of West Sussex Writers since 1987.
Learn more about our judge on Pam Weaver’s website: http://www.pamweaver.uk/biography/

WSW / Worthing WOW Flash Fiction Competition Rules 2016
General Rules:

  1. Entry is free of charge.
  2. Only one entry may be submitted per person. If you submit multiple entries, only the first received will be considered.
  3. There is no set theme, but poetry and non-fiction should not be entered.
  4. Stories up to 300 words in length will be accepted. Exceeding the limit will result in disqualification.
  5. All entries must be typed and written in English.
  6. Please use double line spacing and wide margins.
  7. Your entry must be your own original work and not previously published, self-published, broadcast or published on any website or weblog before 30th June 2016.
  8. Entries must not have won a prize in any other competition or be entered in another competition at the same time.
  9. Entries must be received by 23:59 (UK time) on 1st May 2016. Entries submitted after this date will be disqualified.
  10. No feedback will be given on each manuscript. Manuscripts will not be returned, so please ensure you retain your own copy.
  11. The winning entry will be selected by the named judge from a shortlist. The shortlist may be compiled by a judging panel.
  12. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Prize / Publication:

  1. The prize is to have the winning story published on the Worthing WOW page of the Worthing Herald.
  2. The winner will be announced in June 2016. The winning story will be published on the Worthing WOW website (http://www.worthingwow.co.uk/) and West Sussex Writers website (http://www.westsussexwriters.co.uk/).
  3. By entering the competition you grant Worthing WOW and West Sussex Writers the right to publish the winning story.
  4. Copyright will remain with the author.

Postal submissions:

  1. Entries should be sent to:

    West Sussex Writers Flash Fiction Competition,
    c/o Worthing WOW,
    PO Box 4947,
    Worthing BN11 9YQ.


  2. Include a cover sheet with the title of the entry - your name, telephone number and e-mail address and your word count.
  3. Your name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript itself.
  4. For postal entries, no acknowledgement of receipt will be made.

Online submissions:

  1. You should complete the online entry form, which can be found on our website – www.westsussexwriters.co.uk/WorthingWOW2016entry
  2. Only manuscripts in the formats .doc, .docx, .pdf, or .rtf will be accepted.
  3. Please ensure your name does not appear in the file properties or anywhere in the headers, footers or body of manuscript.
  4. For online entries, you will receive an automatic acknowledgement of your entry.
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University of Chichester: Writing for Children

Are you a writer with an original and exciting story for 8-16 year olds?  If so, then enter our children’s short story competition.  We are looking for originality, a fresh voice and a contemporary story that children will love! 
- entry is absolutely free
- The prize is £100 cash, plus to have the winning story published on the Worthing WOW page of the Worthing Herald.
- the word limit is 1500.
- the shortlist will be compiled by a panel of experienced readers, lead by Karen Stevens, Senior Lecturer and children’s writing expert at the University of Chichester.
- opens 1st March 2016
- closes at 23:59 on 1st May, 2016
- For electronic entries - please send your story (one entry per person please) to - writingforchildren@worthingwow.co.uk  by 1st May 2016

General Rules:
1. Entry is free of charge.
2. Only one entry may be submitted per person. If you submit multiple entries, only the first received will be considered.
3. There is no set theme.
4. Stories up to 1500 words in length will be accepted. Exceeding the limit will result in disqualification.
5. All entries must be typed and written in English.
6. Please use double line spacing and wide margins.
7. Your entry must be your own original work and not previously published, self-published, broadcast or published on any website or weblog before 30th June 2016.
8. Entries must not have won a prize in any other competition or be entered in another competition at the same time.
9. Entries must be received by 23:59 (UK time) on 1st May 2016. Entries submitted after this date will be disqualified.
10. No feedback will be given on each manuscript. Manuscripts will not be returned, so please ensure you retain your own copy.
11. The winning entry will be selected by the named judge from a shortlist. The shortlist will be compiled by a judging panel.
12. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
Prize / Publication:
13. The prize is £100 cash, plus to have the winning story published on the Worthing WOW page of the Worthing Herald.
14. The winner will be announced in June 2016. The winning story will be published on the Worthing WOW website .
15. By entering the competition you grant Worthing WOW and University of Chichester the right to publish the winning story.
16. Copyright will remain with the author.

Postal submissions:
17. Entries should be sent to: Children’s Story Competition, c/o Worthing WOW, PO Box 4947, Worthing BN11 9YQ.
18. Include a cover sheet with the title of the entry - your name, telephone number and e-mail address and your word count.
19. Your name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript itself.
20. For postal entries, no acknowledgement of receipt will be made.

Online submissions:

21. Please email: - writingforchildren@worthingwow.co.uk
22. Only manuscripts in the formats .doc, .docx, .pdf, or .rtf will be accepted.
23. Please ensure your name does not appear in the file properties or anywhere in the headers, footers or body of manuscript.


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