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Short story competition – enter 4 stories for the fee of only 3

It’s fair to say that most people are finding that they’ve got more time on their hands in the current climate, with Covid-19 confining people to their homes for much longer than they would normally spend there.

We know that professional writers – those who earn their living by writing, in whatever genre or capacity – are practised and experienced in spending hours on their own at home, sitting in front of a laptop and bashing out the words to hit their word count or their next deadline.

But those whose writing is more of a hobby are finding they have a lot more time to spend creating stories, characters, and plot lines – and are obviously enjoying doing so! We have seen this with our most recent competition quarter, as the number of entries we received was higher than any before.

Which is why we’ve decided, for this quarter, to extend a special offer for anyone – professional or hobbyist – entering our short story competition for this quarter (deadline 31st July 2020).

The fee for one or two stories remains the same – £5 for one, £8 for two – but if you pay the fee of £10 you will qualify to enter FOUR stories, instead of the usual three. This equates to just £2.50 per story entered; we know of very few paid competitions which are better value than that!

So go on – take advantage of the offer. Enjoy creating your four new stories – you have three months in which to write them.

We look forward to reading them.

 

You can enter the competition here. Make sure you carefully read and abide by all the rules of the competition. If you would like to read previous winners and placed entries, you can do so here.

£255 prize money to be won in our latest writing competition

There’s no denying it: the lockdown has had a huge effect on everyone. (Understatement of the year!) But in true British stiff upper lip fashion, we’ve seen that people have, for the most part, been keeping calm and carrying on. Even here at Cranked Anvil HQ we’ve finally been able to devote more time and give birth to a long-planned project. (More to come on that soon).

In the meantime, our quarterly short story competition continues, and it has grown from strength to strength since we launched it just over a year ago.

If you’ve found yourself with more time on your hands recently to write that short story you’ve always thought about (or even if you can see yourself setting aside some time over the next couple of days) the current competition is currently running (closing date for entries is 30th April). If you find your story placed in the top three, you could win a share of £255 in prize money, plus full publication here on the Cranked Anvil website. (You can read all of the the winning stories from previous competitions, as well as checking out all the long and short lists.)

We have made the process as simple and clear as possible, with dedicated pages on our site for an overview of the comp, the rules (PLEASE make sure you read them if you’re entering) and for paying your entry fee. (Just £5 for one story, plus £3 for the second, plus £2 for the third. You can enter up to three stories each quarter.)

As always, we’ve kept the competition open to any theme or genre, with a maximum word count of 1,500 (not including the title). If you’ve got a short story lying around that fits the bill – or if you’d like to try rustling one up in the next few days! – then why not give it a try and enter?

Stay safe.

And good luck – we can’t wait to read your writing.

Last call for your short stories

It’s almost a year since we started running our quarterly short story competition and we’ve been delighted by the response to it.

The quality of stories we’ve received since it started last year has been superb, and they seem to get better each quarter. (You can read all of the the winning stories from previous competitions, as well as checking out all the long and short lists.)

As always, we’ve kept the competition open to any theme or genre, with a maximum word count of 1,500 (not including the title). If you’ve got a short story lying around that fits the bill – or if you’d like to try rustling one up in the next few days! – then why not give it a try and enter?

The current competition is currently running (closing date for entries is 31st January), but one of the FAQs we’ve received quite a lot lately is: How do I pay my entry fee? We have tried to make the process as simple and clear as possible, with dedicated pages on our site for an overview of the comp, the rules (PLEASE make sure you read them if you’re entering) and for paying your entry fee. (Just £5 for one story, plus £3 for the second, plus £2 for the third. You can enter up to three stories each quarter.)

But if you’re still not sure, and you have a story you want to submit, just contact us directly with your query and we’ll point you in the right direction.

Good luck – we can’t wait to read your writing.

Our poll results are in…

Writers who are regular visitors to our site will know that our quarterly short story competition is now well under way, and attracting more and more entries every time, from all around the world.

Not wanting to impose any restrictions on our writers, we have always kept the competition open to any theme or genre. However, our recent poll on twitter fed back some interesting results.

We asked one simple question: when writing for a competition, do you prefer to be set a specific theme each time? At the end of the week-long poll, 69% said they preferred to be set a specific theme, with only 31% saying they would rather the competition was open to any theme.

An interesting result, and one that has got us thinking.

As the current competition is currently running (closing date for entries in 31st January 2020) we are keeping that open to any theme. But watch this space in future, as we may introduce setting a certain theme for at least some of our competitions. We’ll look forward to reading the responses we get.

In the meantime, there’s still plenty of time to enter our current competition. All the rules can be found here. You can also read the top three winning stories from previous competitions, as well as all the long and short lists.

Happy writing!

A bumper crop of short stories this quarter

Our quarterly short story competition is going from strength to strength, and when our most recent one closed at midnight a couple of days ago we had more entries than we’ve ever received since the competition first opened earlier this year.

We’re delighted that the competition has proved so popular with writers around the world – this quarter has seen entries from writers as far afield as India and Australia, amongst other places – and the judges can’t wait to start reading them and whittling down to the long and short lists.

Don’t forget, the competition is open all year round – you can find all the details, including deadline dates, on our short story page.  If you’re a writer, why not have a go at winning the top prize of £150 (or two other placed prizes), as well as publication here on our website and in possible future anthologies. (And if you’re not a writer, but you know others who are, pass this on!) You can also read previous winning entries on our dedicated page.

If you are entering, make sure you thoroughly read and abide by all our rules of entry. Even if you’ve entered our competition before, make sure you go back and familiarise yourself with them, as the rules have recently been revised and updated.

Good luck – we can’t wait to read your story!

Performing at Newcastle Castle

After some exciting and very productive conversations with the people at Newcastle Castle, we’re delighted to announce that our Easter panto, Bertie & Gertie’s EGG-cellent Adventure! will be performed there during the Easter holidays.

After four performances in Sunderland, we’ll de-camp to this historic and truly atmospheric venue on Thursday 18th April, to continue the madcap adventures of our two newest comic creations!

Tickets remain at only £7 each, and will be available on the castle website soon. In the meantime, you can get tickets NOW for our Sunderland shows by going to our home page and clicking the Book Now button.

Announcing our new Short Story Competition

Short story CompetitionWe’re pleased to announce the launch of our quarterly 1,500 Short Story competition.

You could win £150 for first place. (Two other prizes of £75 and £30 will be awarded each quarter.)

After the recent success of our Rehearsed Reading Nights, where authors were given the chance to read aloud (or hear read aloud by our company of professional actors) their short stories, or excerpts from longer pieces, 2019 sees the development of the publishing arm of Cranked Anvil Media. Part of that will be this competition, open to any author – new or established.

You can find out all the details – including how to enter – on the short story page.

You can enter up to three stories each quarter. The next deadline is midnight on 30th April.

So what are you waiting for?… Get writing!