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Surrey Life Readers' Short Story Competition 2019

PUBLISHED: 00:00 14 February 2019

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Hands up who promised themselves that 2019 would be the year to start writing that book? Well here's an incentive to get you on your way to that publishing deal - the Surrey Life Readers' Short Story Competition, in partnership with Guildford Book Festival

With literary greats including Jane Dickens and Arthur Conan Doyle all finding inspiration in Surrey, we’re challenging you to do the same, let your imagination run wild and write an entry for our Readers’ Short Story Competition.

Last year, our inaugural Short Story Competition received a fantastic amount of entries and, following careful deliberation, the judges were unanimous in picking The Babysitter, by 22-year old Sutton resident Hannah Brown as the winner.

This year we have again teamed up with Guildford Book Festival, which this year celebrates its 30th anniversary, in a bid to find the county’s next big bite-size literary star.

The winning story will be published in Surrey Life magazine and broadcast live on BBC Surrey. In addition, the winner will receive a selection of books signed by authors taking part in this year’s Guildford Book Festival, which runs from October 6 to 13.

The judging panel includes Surrey Life editor Rebecca Younger, multi-million bestselling author Adele Parks, BBC Surrey and Sussex editor Sara David and Guildford Book Festival codirector Alex Andrews.

Alex says: “Guildford Book Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and is as passionate today about championing new writers as it was when it was first launched back in 1989. We were delighted with the calibre of entries received last year and cannot wait to see what this year’s entries will bring.”

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