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The Folkestone Herald, Friends of the Folkestone Literary Festival & Waterstone’s 2007 Short Story Competition

Entrants to the competition should submit an unpublished piece of fiction of up to 1500 words:

The Story should be concerned with a journey of some sort . It could be about travel in a car, a boat, a train, a plane or on foot; it could be a hitchhiking tale. It could involve a travel accident and the repercussions for those involved. It might be a story of a journey to work, or travel to and from a holiday destination. On the other hand it could be the story of returning to a childhood home after a long absence or the journey to a wedding or funeral and the memories and thoughts involved in that journey.

Alternatively it could be a journey of the mind - the struggle of coming to terms with triumph or disaster - of moving on from one way of life to another or from or towards religious belief; it might involve a character dealing with bereavement or the end of a relationship; It could be a rite of passage story moving from childhood to adolescence, adolescence to adulthood, from university to work or from work to retirement. It might be a story of someone approaching death – the final journey.

There is no entry fee. There will be winners selected from two geographical areas - those who live in Kent and all others. For each area there will be three age categories: Age 5-11, 12-17 and 18 and over. The winners of the 18 and over classes will receive a prize of £50. The winners of the other classes will each receive £25. In addition the winning stories will be posted and remain on the Festival website, where the winning stories can be seen. It is intended that there will be a presentation of the prizes at an event during the Festival.

To enter please click here to download the entry form which should be completed and sent, along with three copies of your story, to:

Friends of the Festival
27 Plain Road
Folkestone CT20 2QF

Telephone Enquiries: 01303-240236

Stories from outside the United Kingdom may be e-mailed to

Entries will only be acknowledged if they are posted with a stamped addressed envelope.

The closing date is 20 October.

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