Yes, the end of May brings our first year’s competition to a close. The results for May will be announced on this blog mid-June, with the longlist (of 34 stories) posted thereafter. The results (winners plus runners up) will then be announced at this year’s literary festival and the top three stories published (on this blog and the judge’s blog).
Late July, we will be launching the next season (running from August 2018 to May 2019) which willl no longer have the month as the theme but a different theme per month. The list will be announced after the festival (so after 14th July) and the 500-word Competition page updated (with the current season’s listings moved to a sub-page). This contains a list of the prizes offered: top two (cash) prizes plus eight runners up, all of whom win tickets to the 2019 literary festival. Next season there will be the same top ten prizes but additional prizes to be announced alongside the themes.
Thank you to all of you who entered. Congratulations to those authors who were selected. Commiserations to those who missed out. The standard was incredibly high so don’t feel bad and you still have the story to send elsewhere. Hopefully those receiving critique will have found it useful not only for that piece but with your writing ongoing.