Aspiring wordsmiths of all ages are once again invited to submit works of original fiction to this year’s JEP Writing Competition.
Now entering its fourth 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 end 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 is 1,500. In keeping with a tradition started in 2015 (which coincided with the JEP’s 125th anniversary) flash fiction writers have been gifted their yearly extra word, raising the accepted count for this category to 128.
Rathbones continue to sponsor prizes of £100 for each category winner, as well as prizes of £50 and £25 for runners-up and third-placed entries. The judging panel for the competition comprises ex-JEP picture editor Peter Mourant, Rathbones client director Matthew Sutton, Haute Vallée English teacher Kate Sibcy, and local author Erren Michaels.
Last year’s competition saw a high number of entries, with prizes presented by acclaimed novelist Felicia Yapp during a special winners event 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 26th and 30th of September. All winning entries will be published in a special supplement included with the JEP.
St Mary’s School student Freya Le Quesne, whose story ‘The Elements of Bravery’ won an award in the 6-8 category, had some advice for any young writers seeking to take part. ‘Receiving an award for my writing made me feel very happy and gave me a boost of confidence. All you have to do is try hard, follow your instincts and then read through your story carefully at the end.’
The closing date for submissions, which must be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, is midnight on Friday 31 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.