09:00 Thursday 10 January 2013

Read the shortlisted entries for this year's short story contest

Once again, the response to the Bishop’s Stortford College Festival of Literature Short Story Award, run in partnership with the Observer has been fantastic, with a total of 275 entrants.

Our congratulations to all those who have been shortlisted. You can click on the links below to find out who they are and to read their stories:

BSC short story competition entries 2013 Sixth Form and Adult  WARNING: ONE OF THE SHORTLISTED STORIES IN THIS CATEGORY CONTAINS ADULT CONTENT

About this year’s Short Story Award

Morris Gleitzman, author of the best selling series Once, Then, Now and, most recently, After, set the challenge for this year’s competition: to write an original story of up to 500 words which must include somewhere in the story the line: “Anyone could make that mistake once, but then he did it again.”

Open to all adults and children aged 6 years and over who live or study in the Herts & Essex Observer circulation area, the competition has 4 age categories, including a new category introduced this year for children in Year 2 at school. The other categories are for those in Year 3-6 and Year 7-11 at school, with the final section for Sixth Form students and adults.

Tricia Smith, children’s bookseller at Waterstones, is judge of the new Year 2 category, whilst the Year 3-6s is judged by Jane Mellors, the early years librarian at Bishop’s Stortford library and the Year 7-11s by author Pauline Francis. Observer editor Paul Winspear judges the Sixth Form & Adult category.

The shortlisted entries will be on display at the town library, at Waterstone’s in South Street, the Rhodes Centre and at Bishop’s Stortford College’s libraries from January 11th to February 8th.

Winners will be announced at the 2013 Short Story Award Presentation on Friday 8th February at 7.00pm in the Ferguson Lecture Theatre.

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