Frome Festival Short Story Competition welcomes submissions, with a deadline of 31st May 2021.
This small Somerset town of layered roofs is set roughly between Bath and Taunton has become a hive for writers, with the annual festival featuring writing residencies throughout the small, characterful shops, and street performances seemingly on every corner.
This year’s judge is Frome resident and author Frances Liardet.
The competition costs £8 to enter. You can purchase a detailed critique of your work for an additional payment of £47 per story.
Stories may be on any theme, but must be between 1,000 and 2,200 words in length, not including the title.
First prize is £400, second prize £200 and third prize £100.
You can read 2020’s winning stories here:
- First Place: Peace Offering, by Elizabeth Pratt
- Second Place: The Prodigal Robin, by Louise G Cole
- Third Place: Missing the Boat, by Vivian Oldaker
There will also be special awards for writers living within a 25-mile radius of Frome Library, in a bid to support and encourage local writers. This year there will also be an additional prize for a local writer aged under 21.
Frome Festival is going ahead this year and the competition prize-giving will be held on ECOS, Frome’s Merlin Theatre’s outdoor stage.
The Frome Festival is well worth visiting for its own charms, especially the incredible busking that takes place throughout the narrow streets.
Got an event, challenge, competition or call for submissions you’d like to draw my attention to? Send me an email at judydarley (at) iCloud (dot) com.