The net proceeds from entry fees and special events, after deduction of competitiion expenses, are donated to charity. The organisers, readers and judges give their time completely free.
We have donated money to charities such as Beanstalk and International Book Aid, as well as other projects whose principal aims are to improve literary skills.
Although we are happy to receive stories in hardcopy we offer an easy to use online entry process which eliminates the need for stories to be submitted on paper thereby saving valuable resources. A story received online is not printed out unless and until it is shortlisted.
We aim to host at least one literary event a year to which the general public are invited. Last year Sophie Hannah was a guest speaker who talked to us about some of her experiences as a successful author.
If you need clarification regarding the competition, please contact us. If you think we can improve in any way, let us know. We like to hear from you and promise we will respond. If you are lucky enough to be shortlisted then we would like to meet you at the awards ceremony.