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500-word comp Round 1 – July 2017 – winners announced

I’m delighted to announce the top three stories from July’s entries are:

  • Zapped
  • Wrongful Retribution
  • Knickerbocker Holiday

These three stories will now go through to the final judging which takes place when the final (eleventh) round closes on 31st May. The results of that month will be revealed mid-June and the final ten authors (not necessarily the same as the top ten stories as no author can win more than one prize) will be announced at the 2018 BeaconLit literary festival on Saturday 14th July.

It’s always a pleasurable though difficult job picking favourites from any batch of entries and there were two vying for the month’s shortlist, both excellent for different reasons but one just had the edge. Although I judge on the impact of the stories and the quality of the writing, it’s always disappointing when there are simple spelling mistakes or even simpler errors that should have been picked up when going through before submission. One had a word with an ‘r’ missing which would have been fine had the resulting word not been correct in its own right but totally different meaning than the word intended. Stories have to be marked down for this. So please don’t go kicking yourself because you let something go through

The August round (where the theme is ‘August’) has already opened so don’t delay in writing those 500-word maximum (excluding titles) masterpieces.

You can also receive feedback on your story / stories at £5 per story with the optional critique service (given by the judge, Morgen Bailey, who is a professional editor for publishers and independent authors). This option is detailed on the main 500-word Competition page with an option to select critique within the entry form. Good luck!



Writer of 'dark and light' (crime / chick-lit) fiction since 2005, WordPress blogger since March 2011, freelance editor (£2-£7/K) since March 2012, and creative writing tutor since January 2014. Also judge for H.E. Bates, and BeaconFlash / BBC Radio 2 / Althorp Lit Fest 500-word comps.

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