Bestselling crime novelist and Jersey resident Peter James will be joining the judging panel for this year’s JEP Writing Competition, which will once again invite local writers of all ages to submit works of original fiction.
Launching today, and now entering its fifth year, the annual contest is sponsored by Rathbones Investment Management International and organised in partnership with the Jersey Festival of Words.
Aspiring authors have until the middle of August to submit their entries for two categories – short stories and flash fiction. Writers will be split into four age categories for the short-story section (6-8, 9-13, 14-16, and 17 and over) but the flash-fiction category is open to all ages. The maximum word limit for short stories in the adult bracket remains 1,500, though to mark the Festival of Words’ fifth year younger writers are being asked to pen their stories in no more than 500 words. Flash fiction entries will have a 125 word limit.
Rathbones continue to sponsor cash prizes for the winners and runners up, details of which can be found on the festival website www.jerseyfestivalofwords.org.
As well as guest judge Peter James the judging panel for the competition comprises ex-JEP picture editor Peter Mourant, Rathbones client director Matthew Sutton and Haute Vallée English teacher Kate Sibcy.
Last year’s competition saw a high number of entries, with prizes presented by novelist Libby Page during an awards ceremony at Jersey Arts Centre during the Festival of Words. A similar prize-giving event is planned for this year’s festival, which takes place between the 25th and 29th of September. All winning entries will be published in a special supplement included with the JEP.
‘The writing competition is a fantastic opportunity for local writers to represent themselves,’ said Festival of Words vice-chairman Paul Bisson. ‘We remain grateful to Rathbones and the JEP for their continued involvement and are delighted that Peter James has agreed to be a guest judge as we celebrate our fifth anniversary.’
The closing date for submissions, which must be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, is midnight on Friday 16th August. Entrants must currently reside in Jersey.
Entries must include the writer’s name, home address, age at the time of submission, phone number and must be clearly marked for the correct category.