We close at midnight Monday 1st May. Give yourself the chance of hitting the bull’s eye and winning £1000 first prize, second prize of £200, third prize of £100, £50 prize for an unpublished writer or £50 local prize by checking —
- The rules — there are always a number of writers who submit stories way over the word limit of 2200 words. Or put their names on stories. Don’t risk getting disqualified for those reasons.
- Give our readers a pleasant reading experience by writing in a clear font. Bold fonts are not easy. Or any fancy italics or Comic Sans. Times New Roman is a safe bet.
- If you are entering online, please be sure to send your stories and paypal receipts to the correct email address which is on the entry page.
- Put the correct postage on your hard copy stories.
Finally give your story a final once over for typos etc. We’re not too strict here, but a beautifully presented story, is a bonus. Zap a few adjectives and adverbs maybe,. Check the beginning paragraph. Does it hook the reader in? Check the final paragraph. Does it feel satisfying, not too cosy, not too obscure? What about the title? Does it add something to the story
Good luck! Our readers are already on the case and results will be out in mid or late July.
BSSA team April 28th.