Competition offers publication and prizes for new fiction writers

Following its successful first year, the free Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning Summer Short Story Competition is now open for 2015, inviting writers and storytellers throughout Leicestershire to take part in a writing competition where the only limit is their imagination.

The competition is open to adults and younger entrants aged 14-17 whose home address has an LE postcode. Previously unpublished writers can enter stories in any genre.

There are two classifications:

• The £300 Creative Writing Prize: open to entrants aged 18 and over;

• The £100 Junior Prize: open to entrants aged between 14 and 17.

All adult winners and shortlisted stories will also be published in the 2015 ‘Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning Short Story Anthology’.

The deadline for entries to the Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning’s Summer Short Story Competition 2015 is Friday 11 September 2015.

To support the competition, the Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning will also be hosting two creative writing classes. In each three-hour intensive session, students will learn the four principles of writing effective and engaging fiction.

The classes are free of charge and open to anyone aged 21 or over who is not currently in full-time education. They will be run on Saturday 16 May from 2pm to 5pm and Saturday 13 June from 2pm to 5pm. To book your place please email adminvcll@le.ac.uk indicating your name, email address and which date you would like to book.

For full competition rules and to enter online go visit the website.

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