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 jo.wellings@milton-keynes.gov.uk.

    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 mk50shortstory@milton-keynes.gov.uk.

    - 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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