2016 Short Story Competition Rules (scroll down to view them all)

  1. The start date for the Short Story Competition will be 1st May 2016.
  2. All entries must be received by midnight on 30th September 2016.
  3. The competition is open to anyone aged 18 years and over.
  4. Entries can be from anywhere in the world.
  5. UK entries may be submitted online or by post. Overseas entries must be submitted online.
  6. Postal entries can only be accepted from within the UK.
  7. Postal entries must be accompanied by an entry form and the appropriate entry fee and addressed to The Administrator, Bedford Writing Competition, 28 Miller Road, Bedford, UK, MK42 9NZ.
  8. One entry form, whether submitted online or posted, may cover up to three stories. Multiple entry forms may be submitted.
  9. Online entries will generate an automatic confirmation of receipt at the time of submission.
  10. A confirmation of receipt of a postal entry will be sent to the email address, if supplied; otherwise the entrant should enclose a stamped addressed envelope/postcard.
  11. There is no limit to the number of entries an individual may submit.
  12. The standard entry fee is 5 per story.
  13. Three stories entered on the same form will be 10.
  14. For full time students the entry fee is 3 per story.
  15. Cheques must be made payable to Bedford Writing Competition.
  16. Stories must be no more than 3000 words.
  17. Stories must be written in English.
  18. Stories must be typed, double-spaced, on single-sided sheets and in a readable, 12 point font.
  19. Stories must not have been published, self-published, published on a website, broadcast or featured amongst the winners in another competition.
  20. The pages of any stories sent by post must be numbered and the complete set held together with a paperclip.
  21. The title of the story must appear at the top of each page.
  22. Nothing must appear on any page which would identify the author.
  23. Stories will not be returned, so please retain a copy.
  24. Stories cannot be altered once entered.
  25. All entries will be considered anonymously by a panel of readers and the judges.
  26. The members of the organising committee and the panel of readers are not eligible to enter the competition.
  27. Any plagiarised work will be disqualified along with any other work submitted by the entrant.
  28. The winner of first prize will receive 200, second prize 100 and third prize 50.
  29. There will be an additional Bedford prize of 50 awarded to the best story written by a resident of Bedford.
  30. A resident of Bedford is defined as anyone who lives within the Bedford Borough Council boundary - click here to see map.
  31. The shortlisted stories will be published on the Bedford Writing Competition website and as an anthology in a downloadable e-book after the results have been announced.
  32. If a story is shortlisted then it will be published in an anthology. Once the shortlist is announced this publication will take precedence over the requirement of any other competitions the story may have been entered in.
  33. The shortlist will be published on the Bedford Writing Competition website in week beginning 12th December 2016.
  34. Results will be announced at the Awards Presentaton Evening on 20th January 2017.
  35. The competition organisers reserve the right not to award prizes if, in the judge's opinion, such an action is justified.

BEDFORD WRITING COMPETITION

2016 Short Story Competition Rules

  1. The start date for the Short Story Competition will be 1st May 2015.
  2. All entries must be received by midnight on 30th September 2015.
  3. The competition is open to anyone aged 18 years and over.
  4. Entries can be from anywhere in the world.
  5. UK entries may be submitted online or by post. Overseas entries must be submitted online.
  6. Postal entries can only be accepted from within the UK.
  7. Postal entries must be accompanied by an entry form and the appropriate entry fee and addressed to The Administrator, Bedford Writing Competition, 28 Miller Road, Bedford, UK, MK42 9NZ.
  8. One entry form, whether submitted online or posted, may cover up to three stories. Multiple entry forms may be submitted.
  9. Online entries will generate an automatic confirmation of receipt at the time of submission.
  10. A confirmation of receipt of a postal entry will be sent to the email address, if supplied; otherwise the entrant should enclose a stamped addressed envelope/postcard.
  11. There is no limit to the number of entries an individual may submit.
  12. The standard entry fee is 5 per story.
  13. Three stories entered on the same form will be 10.
  14. For full time students the entry fee is 3 per story.
  15. Cheques must be made payable to Bedford Writing Competition.
  16. Stories must be no more than 3000 words.
  17. Stories must be written in English.
  18. Stories must be typed, double-spaced, on single-sided sheets and in a readable, 12 point font.
  19. Stories must not have been published, self-published, published on a website, broadcast or featured amongst the winners in another competition.
  20. The pages of any stories sent by post must be numbered and the complete set held together with a paperclip.
  21. The title of the story must appear at the top of each page.
  22. Nothing must appear on any page which would identify the author.
  23. Stories will not be returned, so please retain a copy.
  24. Stories cannot be altered once entered.
  25. All entries will be considered anonymously by a panel of readers and the judges.
  26. The members of the organising committee and the panel of readers are not eligible to enter the competition.
  27. Any plagiarised work will be disqualified along with any other work submitted by the entrant.
  28. The winner of first prize will receive 200, second prize 100 and third prize 50.
  29. There will be an additional Bedford prize of 50 awarded to the best story written by a resident of Bedford.
  30. A resident of Bedford is defined as anyone who lives within the Bedford Borough Council boundary.
  31. The shortlisted stories will be published on the Bedford Writing Competition website and as an anthology in a downloadable e-book after the results have been announced.
  32. If a story is shortlisted then it will be published in an anthology. Once the shortlist is announced this publication will take precedence over the requirement of any other competitions the story may have been entered in.
  33. The shortlist will be published on the Bedford Writing Competition website in week beginning 14th December 2015.
  34. Results will be announced at the Awards Presentaton Evening on 22nd January 2016.
  35. The competition organisers reserve the right not to award prizes if, in the judge's opinion, such an action is justified.