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THRESHOLDS INTERNATIONAL SHORT FICTION
FEATURE WRITING COMPETITION
1st Prize of £500
2 x Runner-up Prize of £100
3 x Shortlist prizes: four short story titles
DEADLINE: 05 March 2017, 11:59pm (GMT)
FREE TO ENTER
THRESHOLDS is the only online forum dedicated to the reading, writing and study of the short story form. One overall winner will be chosen, followed by two runners-up. We are inviting submissions in either of the following feature categories:
Author Profile: exploring the life, writings and influence of a single short story writer.
We Recommend: personal recommendations of a collection, anthology, group of short stories or a single short story.
The winning and runner-up feature essays and shortlist will be published on the THRESHOLDS Forum during 2017.
We are sometimes asked what we mean by ‘feature essay’:
The answer is a non-fiction essay that has an engaging style. Something that makes us want to stop what we’re doing and pick up the story being recommended, or find a collection by the author being profiled. The judges hope to see a range of styles and approaches in the feature essays, and interesting or experimental angles are certainly welcome. We look, above all, at the quality of prose, the insights offered, and your ability to really hook your readers. The focus must be on the short story form.
* PLEASE READ THE COMPETITION RULES HERE AND THE GENERAL THRESHOLDS Submission Guidelines CAREFULLY BEFORE SUBMITTING *
Previous winning essays:
2016 winner: The Iron Which Pierces the Heart by Alex Coulton
2015 winner: The Laureate of the Veld by Richard Newton
2014 winner: Wolves at the Hearthside by Sharon Telfer
2013 winner: A Trio of Irish Short Stories by Nuala Ní Chonchúir
2012 winner: H.P. Lovecraft by Geoff Holder
The runners-up can be found here.
We are delighted to announce that we have a fantastic selection of short story titles for the 2017 shortlisted writers: a hardback first edition of Alison MacLeod’s All the Beloved Ghosts, out in March 2017 from Bloomsbury, Unthank Books’ Unthologies 5 and 6, and The Book of Dhaka from Comma Press. Collectively worth over £45, these prizes have been kindly offered by our generous publishing friends, and will be awarded to the three shortlisted writers who do not receive a cash award.
Bloomsbury has a tradition of publishing literary fiction from all over the world, including the very best short stories from some of the world’s finest writers. Prize title: All the Beloved Ghosts by Alison MacLeod.
Comma Press is a not-for-profit publishing initiative dedicated to promoting new writing, with an emphasis on the short story. Prize title: The Book of Dhaka.
Unthank Books is an independent publisher of literary fiction and non-fiction, Unthology and Writers in Conversation. Prize titles: Unthology 5 & 6.
• The Competition is open for non-fiction entries only. Short story submissions will NOT be accepted.
• Entries will be judged anonymously. Your name, address, or email address should NOT appear on the manuscript.
• The entrant warrants to THRESHOLDS’ editors that the essay is original to him/her, that he/she has the full power to agree to the Competition rules of entry, and that he/she is the sole author of the feature essay.
• The entrant warrants to THRESHOLDS’ editors that his/her essay is in no way whatsoever a violation of any existing copyright and that it contains nothing libelous.
• The judges’ decisions are final and no discussion will be entered into once work has been submitted. The judges reserve the right not to make the award if the quality of entries does not merit it.
• By entering the competition, you are deemed to have agreed to the full competition rules.
READ THE FULL COMPETITION RULES HERE.