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    Saturday 26th September

The Get Writing Cup ...

Many thanks to all the incrediby talented writers who took the time to submit
to our Get Writing Cup Competition. As always, the standard was extremely high.

(drum roll, please)

Divine Inspiration by Clairey Blanchard
Open Door by Richard Bruckdorfer
My Mother by Anne Kearns
August 1961 by Sandra Hill
Bitch by Judith Northwood-Boorman
Victim's Voiceprint by Ben Bergonzi
Broken Vow by Helen Garton
Double Bass by Angela Swann
Suspicion by Richard Bruckdorfer
2084 - A Cruel World by Judith Northwood Boorman

Many congratulations to you all for reaching this stage of the competition.

The winner will be annouced on Saturday 26th September at the Get Writing Conference.

Entry to this competition is for Get Writing delegates only.
Please do not submit an entry to the address below without first purchasing a ticket for the main event.
Your delegate number must be shown on your entry and this will be sent to you after purchase.
(See Bookings page for details.)
Payment for the competition should be made via Paypal to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you wish to send a cheque, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request the mailing address.

The 2015 Get Writing Short Story Competition Rules 

Closing date for receipt of entries: Midnight Friday 4th September 2015.

Maximum 1,500 words (no minimum)

Open theme.
Entry £6.00


The competition shall be open to all delegates of the Get Writing 2015 Conference, excluding the competition judges and Conference organisers. Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and must not at any time have been published, self-published, broadcast, or published online on any website or forum (save for a closed forum), or have won or been placed in any other competition.

Theme and length:

Each entry must comprise a complete short story (and not be in the form of a poem or script).

Entrants may write in any genre and on any theme.

Entries must not exceed 1,500 words each.


All entries must be submitted by email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please ensure you provide your entry as a Word document with the filename being made up of the story title and your unique booking reference number for Get Writing 2014.

Please do not put your name on the document or within it's filename.

Payment must be made by Paypal or cheque posted on the same day your entry is submitted, any entries that are received without payment will be disqualified.


The entry fee shall be £6 per story (entrants may submit more than one story each). Fees shall be payable in sterling from your usual Paypal login (www.paypal.com/uk/login) to the account This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Delegates wishing to pay by cheque (payable to 'Verulam Writers' Circle') must contact Steve Barley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a postal address.

Entry format:

• Entries must be in English,typed in a Word (.doc) file, formatted for A4 paper, one side only, with pages numbered.

• Each entry must be contained within a separate Word document and a Paypal payment for the total of all entries submitted on the same day.

• Entries must be double-line spaced and include a word count at the top of the first page.

• The title and the entrant's unique booking reference number for the Conference must also appear at the top of each page.

• Manuscripts must show no name, address or other identifying marks.

• Entries will not be returned, so please keep a copy.

• No corrections can be made after receipt, nor fees refunded.

Receipt of entry:

An email confirmation will be sent to the address from which the submission was made, no other correspondence will be entered into.


Worldwide copyright in each entry will remain with the author, but by entering the 'Get Writing' Short Story Competition, each entrant will confer upon the Verulam Writers' Circle the unrestricted right to publish in an anthology the story or stories submitted should the same be long listed or selected for a prize under the Competition.


All entrants will be introduced to Cornerstones Literary Consultancy, unless a request is made in the submission email to withhold contact details.

We will not pass your details to any other party for any reason. The winning entry will be forwarded to Cornerstones for critique after the conference. The winner retains the right to decline such a critique.


The judges' decision shall be final and no debate or correspondence will be entered into.

Judges will be unable to comment on individual entries.

Judging will be fair and unbiased and made without reference to the entrant's identity.

All stories will be read and considered by judges Lesley Eames and Howard Linskey (or such other judges as Verulam Writers' Circle may in its absolute discretion appoint).

Initially, a long list of up to 10 entries will be selected by these judges.

From this, the judges will select a short list of up to 3 entries.

From the short list, a judge from our guest list will select the first, second and third prize-winners.


The winner will be awarded the 'Get Writing' Conference Cup and receive a prize of £50 and a Cornerstones Literary Consultancy critique to be arranged after the Conference.

The Cup will remain the property of Verulam Writers' Circle, and must be returned not later than Friday 22 July 2016.

The second and third placed entrants will each receive certificates and a prize of £15 and £10 respectively.

Prize winners and prize giving:

The longlist will be displayed on the VWC website on or around 19th September 2015. The shortlist will be announced and prizes will be awarded during the prize-giving ceremony at the Conference.

Entry constitutes acceptance of all the rules. Failure to comply with the entry requirements will result in disqualification.
The Judges

Lesley Eames is a creative writing tutor for Writers' News. She has published more than 70 short stories. She has also had success in writing competitions as varied as crime, romance and writing for children. Her wins include the Romantic Novelists' Association's Elizabeth Goudge Trophy, and the Festival of Romantic Fiction's New Talent Award.

Howard Linskey is a full-time author whose David Blake crime novels received acclaim from The Times when 'The Drop' was voted one of its Top Five Thrillers of the Year and 'The Damage' one of its Top Summer Reads. His trilogy has now been optioned for TV. Published earlier this year, Howard's most recent work, 'No Name Lane', is the first in a series of crime books for Penguin that are set in the north east of England.