Writers from every country around the world are invited to submit entries to the Global Short Story Competition.
Run out of North East England, the competition was launched two and a half years ago and, according to the organizers, attracts entries from “all over the world, from Australia and New Zealand to the United States and Canada, from India and the rest of Asia to Continental Europe and the United Kingdom.”
It is run by the media and communication company Certys Limited, of Darlington, County Durham and supported by Darlingon Arts Centre in Darlington, County Durham England. Certys reportedly launched the Global Short Story Competition because they feel that the short story is endangered and they want to give undiscovered writers a voice and a chance to earn some money and gain exposure from their work.
Each month a winning story is selected as well as a highly commended work to receive a cash prize. £100 is awarded to the first-prize winner and £25 goes to the writer of the highly commended story. Winning stories will be posted on the website. At the end of twelve months, each winning story will be considered for an annual cash prize of £250. The prize money awarded to date has topped £4,000. All rights remain with the writer throughout.
The entry fee is £5 and the judge is Northumberland-based author Fiona Cooper. Writers wishing to find out more about the competition, or to send entries, should visit http://www.globalshortstories.net. You can submit your entry online or post it direct to the administrator John Dean at 18 Milbank Court, Darlington, Co Durham, England DL3 9PF, or to the Certys office at Livingstone House, 29 High Northgate, Darlington, Co Durham, England DL1 1UQ, marked ’Global Short Story Competition’, and containing a £5 entry fee. Cheques should be made payable to Certys Limited. The closing day for each competition is the last day of the month.
The organizers also run a free social networking site for authors at http://www.globalwriters.net which includes news, views and a free flash (short) fiction competition running until the end of June (2010).
Bill Bryson, OBE, the Chancellor of Durham University and author of several books including Notes from a Small Island, is supporting the competition.
“The demise of our traditional communities and the compromises of modern family life mean that for many the telling or re-telling of stories is a forgotten craft as the demand for multimedia experiences and the mind-numbing repackaging of tired tales continues to rise,” said Bryson. “It is wonderful therefore to hear that a competition has been developed to showcase new creative talent and in turn create a community of writers and story-makers across the globe. The Global Short Story Competition is founded on a love and enthusiasm for writing and short stories and it is a passion I share. I would like to express my admiration to everyone involved and wish you all luck in the competition.”
Competition administrator, the crime novelist and creative writing tutor John Dean, said: “We are constantly impressed by the quality of the stories we receive and are delighted that we have been able to pay £4,200 to winning authors. We have plans to extend our activities even further and are looking forward with anticipation to the next twelve months … Already we are discovering exciting writers all across the world and the fact that Bill [Bryson] is backing us is very exciting.”