Hands up who promised themselves that 2019 would be the year to start writing that book?

Well here’s an incentive to get you on your way to that publishing deal – the Surrey Life Readers’ Short Story Competition

With literary greats including Jane Dickens and Arthur Conan Doyle all finding inspiration in Surrey, we’re challenging you to do the same, let your imagination run wild and write an entry for the Surrey Life Readers’ Short Story Competition.

Last year, the competition received a fantastic amount of entries and, following careful deliberation, the judges were unanimous in picking The Babysitter, by 22-year old Sutton resident Hannah Brown as the winner.

This year again Surrey Life has teamed up with the Festival to find the county’s next big bite-size literary star.

The winning story will be published in Surrey Life magazine and broadcast live on BBC Surrey. In addition, the winner will receive a selection of books signed by authors taking part in this year’s Guildford Book Festival (October 6 – 13).

The competition is open to Surrey residents aged 18 and over who have not previously been published and distributed online or in bookshops. The short story should not exceed 1,000 words and must be submitted by July 31, 2018.

Shortlisted authors will be invited to attend the launch of Guildford Book Festival in October 2019, when the overall winner will be announced.

The judging panel includes Surrey Life editor Rebecca Younger, multi-million bestselling author and Surrey Life columnist Adele Parks, BBC Surrey and Sussex editor Sara David and Guildford Book Festival co-director Alex Andrews.

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Guildford Book Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and is as passionate today about championing new writers as it was when it was first launched back in 1989. We were delighted with the calibre of entries received last year and cannot wait to see what this year’s entries will bring.

Click here to view the 2018 winning story

Entry Details & Terms and conditions:

The competition is open to Surrey residents aged 18 and over who have not previously been published and distributed online or in bookshops. To enter, send an original, unpublished short story, written in English and of no more than 1,000 words to competitions@surreylife.co.uk.

The competition closes at midnight on July 31 2019. Stories received after the closing date will not be considered. The winner will be selected by a panel of judges and will be judged on literary merit, originality and readability. Entrants will be deemed to have accepted these terms and to have agreed to be bound by them. For more details and to enter click here

Shortlisted authors will be invited to attend the launch of Guildford Book Festival in October, when the overall winner will be announced.

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