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The Second BeaconLit 500-word competition is launched

Following the success (we raised over £500 for the local libraries!) of the first BeaconLit second 500-word (maximum) competition we are running it for a second year… and hopefully for many years to come… for as long as you keep entering. 🙂 and yes, still in collaboration with Morgen Bailey.

The yearly BeaconLit Festival is running its second 500-word (maximum) competition in collaboration with Morgen Bailey. Details below and on the page…

How it works:

  • There is a monthly deadline (see below) for entries, with the top three stories (from three different authors) from each month going through to the following May’s shortlist (of 30 entries), from which a final ten are picked (see ‘Prizes’ below).
  • You can enter (via the form below) as often as you like whenever you like but if you all enter in the final month (May, the tenth / final round), you’ll have more competition. It doesn’t make any difference which month you enter because you won’t know who else is submitting that month. If you submit in August and you’re not in the top three then you could enter again (with a different story) in September (or any other month). You can enter as often as you like whenever you like. Do enter more than once as it gives you a better chance of going through to the shortlist.
  • If you are selected in a particular month, do keep entering because the best ten overall stories will be chosen to receive prizes. No author can win more than one prize so if an author has more than one story in the top 30 then the best story from that author will be selected with the eleventh story / author then being ‘promoted’.
  • If you are unsuccessful, i.e. not in the top three each month, then you still have the story to send elsewhere and you’ll only have to wait until the following month (detailed below) to find out.
  • If you are in the top three, then you will have to wait until the final results are announced at the festival on 13th July 2019 and on the blog / website shortly thereafter. You can still of course mention your placement when submitting something else elsewhere.
  • Once the ten overall winners are announced, only the top three stories will be published so even if you are placed fourth to tenth, you can still submit your story elsewhere and can tell them you were in the top ten! The same goes if you are in the top 30 shortlist.
  • The results from each round will be announced on this blog and the literary festival’s website / blog with three ‘winners’ from each round going forward to the shortlist (of 30 authors / stories) which will be judged / announced the following June, and the final results announced at the following festival, i.e. July 2019.
  • Judge: Morgen Bailey is the judge for each round and the final shortlist judging. Her decision is final. 🙂
  • The top ten placed winners will be announced at the July literary festival, by one of the festival’s celebrity authors. See ‘Prizes’.


Writer of 'dark and light' (crime / chick-lit) fiction since 2005, WordPress blogger since March 2011, editor since March 2012 (more recently just for Bloodhound Books), and creative writing tutor since Jan 2014. Also judge for H.E. Bates, and BeaconFlash / BBC Radio 2 / Althorp Lit Fest 500-word competitions.

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