Write us a short story on the subject of your choice.
* The competition is open to all writers.
* Entries must be no longer than 2000 words.
* 1st Prize £500
* 2nd Prize £100
* 3rd Prize £50
* Special prize for the best story written by a Northamptonshire writer £50 (not awarded if the story has won 1st, 2nd, or 3rd prize)
* The entry fee is £6 for the first story submitted. It is reduced to £10 for any entry of 2 stories. Further stories have a fee of £5 each.
* Entrants are invited to submit as many stories as they wish, providing they have not been previously published or have been prize-winning entries in another competition.
* The judging panel will comprise members of the Northampton Writers Group. The Head Judge is Maggie Allen, author and professional ghost-writer.
* Closing date for entries is Monday 5th December 2016
* Prizes will be awarded at a prize giving ceremony in January, date to be announced.
There is no entry form. Simply send your story or stories (typed please) with a first sheet giving your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, and title of story or stories to H.E.Bates Competition, 19 Kingswell Road, Kingsthorpe, Northampton NN2 6QB. Please mark the envelope "f.a.o. Nick Hamlyn". Include a postal order or cheque (made out to N.Hamlyn).
Alternatively, you may e-mail your story in Word format, complete with a first page as described above, to firstname.lastname@example.org and pay by PayPal. In this case, we will invoice you on receipt of your entry.