Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition 2020
InterAct Stroke Support is delighted to announce that Thursday 1st August 2019 sees the launch of the seventh biennial Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition.
The short story competition was first launched in 2008 and the challenge remains the same: writers are requested to write a piece, in any genre, in no more than 1,000 words. The winner of the competition will write four further stories for InterAct Stroke Support over the course of one year and will receive £1,000.
The closing date for submissions is Sunday 22nd December 2019 and first place will be awarded at the winner’s ceremony in March/April 2020 (venue and date to be confirmed).
Baroness Ruth Rendell, a beloved patron, judge and friend of InterAct put her name to the award after the first short story competition in 2008 and sadly passed away in 2015. The competition continues to inspire writers in her honour. We delighted that this year the competition will be judged by esteemed novelist Dame Margaret Drabble.
2020 will be the charity’s 20th anniversary and we look forward to celebrating this achievement with colleagues, actors, authors and stroke survivors alike.
How you can enter
The competition asks writers to submit a piece in any genre in no more than 1, 000 words. Stories must be suitable to be read in the sensitive environment of a hospital setting. The winner of the competition will receive £1, 000 and will be commissioned to write four further stories for InterAct Stroke Support over the course of one year. The closing date for submissions is Monday 2nd December 2019. The winner will be chosen by Margaret Drabble and will be announced at the awards ceremony on Tuesday 3rd March 2020.
Paypal and Email
Pay your £15.00 per story submission fee via Paypal through the InterAct website. Send your Paypal receipt and attach your story(ies) in an email to email@example.com
You will receive an email confirming whether your payment and story have been received and entered in to the competition.
The filename of email entries must be the title of the story and it must be either a .doc .docx or .pdf file. The entrants name and contact details must not appear anywhere on the manuscript of the submitted story.
We would appreciate it if, when submitting your story via email, you can tell us how you heard about the Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition.
Cheque and Post
Alternatively, you can send your submission to us in the post and include a cheque for £15.00 per story made out to ‘InterAct Stroke Support’.
Postal entries must be typed, single-sided, with pages numbered and unstapled. Stapled entries will not be accepted. Please include a covering letter detailing the entrant’s name, contact details, how you heard about the Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition and the word count of the story. The entrants name and contact details must not appear anywhere on the manuscript of the submitted story.
Send postal entries to:
Short Story Competition
InterAct Stroke Support
Victoria Charity Centre
11 Belgrave Road
Please enclose a stamped addressed postcard marked 'ACKNOWLEDGEMENT' if you require acknowledgement of receipt of your postal entry.