The Great British Bookshop has followed up its sponsorship of the Priory Academy’s competition to discover a young budding novelist with a short story competition for the sixth form students at Spalding High School. Christina James went to Spalding to launch the competition on November 17th, the publication date of her third DI Yates novel, Sausage Hall, which was the Great British Bookshop’s book of the week choice that week.
All of the sixth form students at the school – they are about 200 in number – are eligible to enter the competition. Entries are to be submitted by 28th February 2015. The stories must be no longer than 5,000 words in length, and each must be set in or describe or reflect some aspect of Lincolnshire. They can be of any genre, but must be standalone. The Great British Bookshop will publish the ten best stories in a celebration volume. The winning authors will each receive a free copy of the book. Copies will be available for purchase via The Great British Book Shop. I’ll keep the readers of Fast Print News posted about the competition and let you know in due course who the winners are and how to buy the book if you’d like it.
Meanwhile, James, Fatmira and Katie, the students at the Priory, are approaching the end of their epic novel-writing stint. There’ll be more about the Priory competition in the early spring edition of Fast Print News which comes out in February 2015.