The Fine Line’s inaugural short story competition is now open for entries. Whatever your taste, style or inspiration, submit your tale and you could win £200 ($320/€230) and publication in The Fine Line Short Story Collection. A percentage of all entry fees goes to charity so you’ll be doing good while getting your work out there.
Email your story with contact details and the name of the charity, from those below, to which you would like the donation to be made to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The competition is open to anyone. Only employees of The Fine Line or The Fine Line Editorial Consultancy may not enter.
- Maximum word count for each entry is 5000 words. There is no minimum word count.
- Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and must never have been published, self-published, published on any website or public online forum, broadcast nor winning or placed in any other competition.
- The entry fee is £5 ($8/€6) per story. Payment is made online via credit/debit card or PayPal. Entries will not be read until payment has been received.
- £1 of every entry fee will be donated to charity. Entrants should specify the charity to which they wish the donation to be made in the email accompanying their entry: Irving House, Cricket for Change, or Home-Start Worldwide.
- Entries should be sent as email attachments to email@example.com.
- Entrants may submit as many stories as they wish.
- Worldwide copyright of each entry remains with the author, but The Fine Line will have the unrestricted right to publish the winning and runner-up stories, in the short story anthology and any relevant promotional material.
- First prize is £200 plus publication in The Fine Line short story anthology. Twelve runners-up will also be published in the anthology.
- The judges’ decision is final and no individual correspondence can be entered into.
- The deadline for entries is the 31st of May, 2011.
- Winners will be notified by the 30th of June, 2011.
Irving House is where special animals are cared for by special people. Not a shelter or adoption facility, Irving House is designed for allowing animals who otherwise would face life in a cage or worse, to live out the remainder of their lives in safety, comfort, and love while providing whatever medical attention they may require. Our rescues come to us from the streets or from death row or from simple surrenders. They might be blind or sick or old, but dog or cat or even rabbit, the one thing they all have in common is the neglect and abuse they endured before arriving at our door. We get them well, we gain their trust, we give them love, comfort and care and a safe haven to call home. At Irving House, we welcome the ones that others turn away and create second chances where there was once no chance at all. To find out more, go to Irving House: www.irvinghouse.org
Set up 30 years ago, Cricket for Change uses cricket as a vehicle to help children and young people living in underprivileged and difficult circumstances. Hit The Top is the world’s largest cricket project for young people with disabilities; the Street Chance and Street Team Projects work with communities to provide cricket facilities; the C4C Apprenticeship trains young people to be cricket coaches; and the Refugee Cricket Project helps child refugees, affected by war and natural disaster, to learn English and cricket, and provides them with any necessary advocacy. The charity works overseas with partners such as UNICEF and the ICC, providing help and cricket facilities for children in over 15 countries. To read on, go to Cricket for Change: www.cricketforchange.org.uk
Home-Start Worldwide is based on a very simple and practical idea: we train local volunteers, usually parents themselves, to support local parents who need help. Most services already know what they will offer: medical care, a loan of money, information or training, for example. Volunteers have to be ready for anything. Their first job when home visiting a family is to listen. The second priority is to help the family make links with the local community so that they will gradually feel more confident in their environment. One week a volunteer might be helping with the shopping, making sure the children are involved, and another week cutting out pictures with the children while their mother gets some much needed sleep. The volunteer’s job is largely dictated by the family themselves, although volunteers will suggest activities if they think they will help. Formed in 1999, there are now Home-Start schemes in 22 countries. For more information, go to Home-Start Worldwide: www.homestartinternational.org