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Monday, 29 October 2012

A new competition on the block

West Sussex Writers have launched their new National Competition, details below. Sadly, the Indoor Writer can't enter this one as she's currently Secretary for the group and part of the initial reading committee for all entries ...

West Sussex Writers launches national short story competition

Final judge: Simon Brett

One of the UK's largest and oldest writing groups, West Sussex Writers, is pleased to announce the launch of its first national short story competition.

With an open theme, generous word count and well-respected final judge – crime and comedy author Simon Brett – West Sussex Writers hopes to attract the cream of the UK's short story writers.

Chair of West Sussex Writers, Sarah Palmer, said `We're very excited to be running this, our first national short story competition. We hope to see entries from across all genres, and from beginners to more experienced writers.'

Maximum word count: 3000
Theme: Open
Closing Date: 31st March 2013
Prizes:  1st prize £200; 2nd prize £75; 3rd prize £50
Final judge: Simon Brett

West Sussex Writers was established in 1937 with the aim of encouraging writers of all genres and abilities. With a current membership of over 80, the group meets on the second Thursday of each month at Inclusive Arts, Heene Gallery, Heene RoadWorthingWest Sussex.

Full details, as well as further information about our eclectic mix of speakers, workshops and events, are available on our website: www.westsussexwriters.co.uk


  1. Hi Tracy. Probably won't try this one as Simon decided that a certain indoor writer had a better story than mine in the Steyning festival last year(my home town)!! Seriously though, I must get round to reading your winning entry.

    1. Oh sorry about that - did you go to the Wiston House ceremony? It was a rather lovely event. Well don't be put off entering - some of the competition is knocked out already (West Sussex Writers Committee members can't enter - so sadly I can't have a go). And it would be lovely if a West Sussexer won the first competition. Go on - it could be you Wendy :)

  2. Sounds a good comp - thanks, Tracy.

  3. Hope you enter a story Rosemary! Good luck if you do

  4. I bet it will be interesting to read all the entries. (Way more interesting than attempting to read your horrible word verification thing so I could post a reply)

    1. I'm looking forward to it as I'm usually on the other end of the competition process.
      And really sorry as I never realised I had that word verification thingie activated! I HATE those as I'm always a robot. Have now disabled it (hopefully) - thanks for mentioning it :)

  5. If you're on the initial reading committee, Tracy - do you take bribes?!

    1. Oooh Sally naughty - I couldn't possibly comment.
      And WELL DONE on being shortlisted for Writers' News competition - read your name over breakfast in latest issue! What don't you have a go at this competition - think of the kudos of winning a BRAND NEW National comp...