Costa launch Short Story prize

Those nice people at Costa Coffee have just launched a short story prize. The twist is that entries will be judged anonymously, which means that although Ian McEwan is entitled to enter, his entry is going to have to rub shoulders with yours and, quite frankly, I’m not sure that he’ll be able to handle the competition. Here’s what Costa has to say:

Entries open from Monday 16th July to Friday 7th September. Submissions to be judged anonymously. Winner to be voted for by public and announced at Costa Book Awards ceremony

A brand new Award, open to published and unpublished writers, for a single short story that will run in association with the Costa Book Awards but be judged independently of the main five-category system, has launched today.

The new Costa Short Story Award is for a single, previously unpublished short story of up to 4,000 words by an author aged 18 years or over and written in English.  Entry opens today, Monday 16th July, and closes at 4pm on Friday 7th September.  Entries must be submitted online via a dedicated page at www.costabookawards.com.  Entrants need not have been previously published but publishers and agents can submit entries on behalf of authors. All entries will be judged anonymously – in other words, without the identity of the author being available to the judges.

A panel of five judges will select a shortlist of six entries which will be revealed in November. The public will then be invited to vote online for their favourite story from the six finalists.  The winner will be announced at the Costa Book Awards ceremony on 29th January 2013 and will receive £3,500; two runners-up will each receive £750.

The judging panel for the inaugural Award consists of Richard Beard, Director of the National Academy of Writing, Fanny Blake, novelist, journalist and Books Editor of Woman & Home, Gary Kemp, actor, writer, songwriter and guitarist for Spandau Ballet, writer Victoria Hislop and Simon Trewin, agent at William Morris Endeavor.

For more information including full entry details and T’s and C’s, go to www.costabookawards.com and click on the Short Story Award page.  Good luck!

Oh, and WW author Jane Bidder has a new book out with one of those lovely inviting holidayish covers. Here it is – and have a lovely holiday …

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