MK50 Short Story Competition Launched

    Help us to celebrate MK’s 50th birthday in 2017 by writing a short story set in our unique city.

    How often do you read a story set in Milton Keynes? Not often enough!

    Science fiction, thriller, romance, historical fiction or gritty crime: as long as your story has MK as a backdrop, we want to read it.

    50 stories will be selected for publication in a limited edition anthology.

    Maximum number of words: 1050

    Age categories: 14 – 19 and 20+

    1st prize £100, 2nd prize £50, 3rd prize £25 (in both categories)

    The deadline for submissions is 21st April 2017. Winners will be notified by 19th June 2017

    You can request full terms and conditions by emailing

    What you need to know

    - There are two age categories: 14-19 years and 20+

    - All entries must be written in English

    - Stories must be set in Milton Keynes - past, present or future

    - Stories may be in any genre - eg Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction, History

     - Entries must be no more than 1050 words per story (there is no minimum word limit)

    - Entries should be submitted in Microsoft Word, RTF or Plain Text as an attachment to an email

    - All work should be typed in Arial size 12 font and should include a word count

    - Writers should not include their name on any part of the attachment as entries will be judged anonymously

    - Work should be original and not previously published

    - All stories submitted may be considered for publication in an anthology. This will be published in a limited edition and available for purchase

    - Complete stories or extracts may be broadcast on MKFM radio station

    - First prize in each category: £100

    - Second and third prizes in each category £50 / £25

    - Judges include local authors: Carole Matthews, Karen Guyler and Scott Dorward

    - Judges cannot correspond with entrants or give feedback on submissions

    - The competition is supported by Community Learning MK, IngramSpark and MKFM

    What you need to do

    - All entries should be submitted as an attachment to an email and sent to

    - In the email subject line please state MK50 Short Story Submission

    - Please include the following details in the body of your email: your full name, age category, title of piece, email address/phone number

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