Tuesday, September 12, 2006

New No-Cost Contest: (Prizes: £200-£1,000)

The University of Hertfordshire (UK) Writing Award, seeking short stories (up to 3,500 words) on the theme of "vision," caught my attention for three reasons:

First, it's another no-cost contest, with no entry fee charged.

Second, it offers pretty impressive prizes: £1,000, £500, £300, and £200 for the top four entries, respectively.

And third, if eligible (meaning s/he has applied for and been accepted at the University of Hertfordshire for full-time study commencing in 2007), it seems that the top winner also wins a UH Writing Award Scholarship, valued at £3,000 per year for three years, and applicable to all UH undergraduate degree programs.

But you don't have to be applying for university admission to enter the writing contest, and even better, the award "is international and open to anyone regardless of country of origin or nationality." The top twenty stories will be published in an anthology by the University of Hertfordshire Press; all writers with a story in the book will receive two free copies; winners will receive their prizes at a special event at the University of Hertfordshire next June.

Deadline: January 15, 2007 (received)

For lots more information, including rules/forms, click here.

(via the Society of Authors Noticeboard)

5 comments:

grackyfrogg said...

wow, this one does sound exciting! thanks for the heads-up.

rraven said...

Anybody know if American entries would be accepted, or is this only open to UK residents?

Erika Dreifus said...

Well, as I noted above, when I checked, the guidelines indicated that "you don't have to be applying for university admission to enter the writing contest, and even better, the award is international and open to anyone regardless of country of origin or nationality.'"

But it's always a good idea to double-check for further clarifications yourself. You can find the contest information/contact info. at the link provided above. Good luck!

rraven said...

(Smacks self on head) I just re-read your post again and this time seemed to comprehend it :-) Your answer to my stupid question is appreciated.

Erika Dreifus said...

No such thing as a stupid question! :-)