If you have a vivid imagination, enjoy making up stories or are a good writer, try your luck with this Short Story Competition run by www.ideas4writers.co.uk. An excerpt from their newsletter is given below :
2005 Short Story Competition
You are invited to submit a short story of up to 2,000 words, beginning your story with one of the first lines given below.
(a) Children’s story for ages 9-12
First line: I knew it was bad news when the letter growled as it hit the hall floor.
First line: Having placed the ad in the wanted column, Sophie waited for the phone to ring.
First line: There was no water surrounding Abbie in the bath, just hundreds and hundreds of fifty pound notes.
First line: It is an unwritten law that every institution should have its own smell.
The overall winner will receive £200 (200 GBP).
Closing date: 30 November 2005
Entry is free and open to everyone, published or unpublished. You do not have to be a member of ideas4writers. International entries are welcome.
We can only accept one story per entrant – you can only enter one category.
All entries must be your own original work and not previously published.
You may enter by email or by post.
Send your email entries to: email@example.com
Postal entries should be sent to:
ideas4writers, PO Box 49, Cullompton, Devon, EX15 1WX
For full details, format requirements and terms and conditions please see our competition page: