Booktown writers short story competition

THE recently former Booktown Writers Group in Wigtown are appealing for local businesses to sponsor their short story competition for 2012.

The booktown writers aim is to advance, improve and develop regional, national and international literature by encouraging regional writers to develop their skills and increase their publications; organising and supporting an annual international short story competition and by producing a themed anthology for publication once per year.

Their short story competition is open for anyone to enter but entries must be submitted no later than 6pm on June 1st. The winner will be announced at the Wigtown Book Festival in September.

The first, second and third placed authors will receive £200, £100 and £50 respectively and their work will be published on the ReadingLasses website and in the annual Booktown Writers’ Anthology.

Stories submitted have to be between 1,500 and 3,000 words and must be in either in English or Scots and must be the work of the submitting author. Entry fees are £5 for one entry, £8 for two entries and £10 for three entries. Only three entries per author are allowed.

If you require more information about entering or sponsoring the competition go to the website or e-mail or telephone 07501046501.

In association with Dumfries and Galloway Literary Development, the Scottish Book Trust and Reading Lasses, the Booktown Writers group are holding a half-day workshop on Tuesday, April 17 from 2pm to 4pm in ReadingLasses Bookshop and Cafe in Wigtown with Perthshire author Linda Cracknell.