Monday, April 19, 2010



Perfectly Formed is our first short story competition, in association with Pan Macmillan and the Arvon Foundation. They are looking for the best short story of 2,000 words or less. Must be over 16 and professionally unpublished in the fiction world. Your short story can be about any subject and in any fiction genre, be it drama, comedy, crime, historical or modern – just make it punchy, original and imaginative. Deadline July 1, 2010.

The winner will see their work published in the October issue of Books Quarterly to our readership of more than a quarter of a million, and online at ,, and The winner also will be invited to attend an exclusive publisher’s lunch with Will Atkins, Editorial Director at Pan Macmillan, and author James McCreet to gain feedback and ideas on where to take their writing career in the future. And just to top things off, they will receive £200-worth of quality reading from Pan Macmillan of their choice. To develop skills, the winner will also receive a place on a week-long Arvon Foundation creative writing course of their choice.

The prize includes all tuition, food and accommodation. During the week, the winner will have plenty of opportunity to spend time working on their own writing, as well as taking part in workshops, readings, and a one-to-one session with a course tutor. The three best runners-up will receive concise written feedback on their entries, which will be published online, as well as winning £50-worth of Pan Macmillan books.

NOTE: You receive no check, the usual prerequisite in getting my attention at FundsforWriters, but this competition provides a grant for a retreat, mentors, books and publication. Considering there isn't an entry fee, I felt this opportunities worth mentioning.

DOUBLE NOTE: I'm planting maple trees and replanting my peas. My garden in popping and it feels like a garden of Eden around here - if only it would stay in the upper 70s. But at night...I'm scheming in the thick of a new mystery. Life is too cool right now.


Celise said...

By "professionally unpublished" do you think they mean traditionally published? Does self-publishing count, do you think?

Hope Clark said...

Self-publishing is not considered professionally published. Hopefully that works in your favor!

Hope Clark