THE Newcastle Herald is inviting writers from across the Hunter to enter its third annual short story competition.
Stories must be inspired by one of the four photographs provided – and reproduced here.
Creativity is encouraged across all prose genres. The ‘‘summer’’ theme has been dropped this year.
Submissions must be between 800 and 1000 words and participants must be residents of the Hunter Region.
A shortlist of 25 finalists will be selected by Newcastle Herald editor Chad Watson, Herald journalist and director of the Newcastle Writers Festival Rosemarie Milsom and best-selling local writer Wendy James.
All shortlisted stories will be published in the Herald from December 26 to January 23.
A winner and two highly commended entrants will be selected.
The winner will be rewarded with a library of 50 new-release books valued at $900, a weekend pass to the 2015 Newcastle Writers Festival in March, as well as a Kobo Touch e-reader and silicon case package valued at $110, courtesy of Domayne Kotara.
The two highly commended entrants will each receive a $150 voucher from MacLean’s Booksellers, Hamilton.
All three winners will receive a 12-week subscription to the Herald.
Please ensure you read the conditions and submit your entry as an emailed attachment to email@example.com by 9am on Monday, November 24.
1. Entry is open to Hunter Region writers aged 18 and over.
2. One entry per author will be accepted.
3. The maximum length of each entry is 1000 words (excluding title) and the minimum is 800 words.
4. Stories must be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org 5. Each story file must have a cover sheet as its first page. Include your name, address and contact number on the cover sheet.
6. Your name MUST NOT appear on the story itself. Your name must only be on the cover sheet. The title of the story, however, should be on every page.
7. Computer file titles are to be named in the format “story title.doc” For example. If your story is called “The Delicatessen” , your file would be called The Delicatessen.doc (or docx or .rtf).
8. Stories are to be single spaced and use 0.5cm indented paragraphs.
9. Stories are to be sent as a Microsoft Word file (.doc or .docx) or Pages file. They are not to be hosted on other websites where they have to be downloaded by the judges. PDF, WPS, TXT formats are not acceptable.
10. The story must relate in some manner, no matter how small or inconsequential, to one of the four photographs provided in the Newcastle Herald.
11. By submitting a story, the author warrants that the story has not been published elsewhere (including electronically) and that they own the copyright to the story.
12. The author gives the Newcastle Herald permission to publish their story in any form, including newspaper, website and book. We reserve the right to publish the story. The copyright to the story is always retained by the author and the author may submit it elsewhere.
13. Published stories will be edited to comply with Fairfax Media style and length.
13. The decision of the judges is final and legally binding and no correspondence shall be entered into regarding the competition.
15. Finalists will be notified on December 16, 2014 by email, and their stories published from December 26, 2014, to January 23, 2015.
14. The closing date for submissions is 9am, November 24, 2014. No submissions will be accepted after this time, under any circumstances as it is not fair on the other competitors.
16. The winner and two highly commended entries will be announced in the Newcastle Herald on Saturday, January 24, 2015.
Please ensure you read the conditions above and submit your entry as an emailed attachment to email@example.com by 9am on Monday, November 24.