Beeston U3A Writing For Pleasure Short Story Competition 2018

For a second year we launch our Short Story writing competition.

The competition runs from 5th April to 6thth September and is open to every member of Beeston U3A whether they belong to the writing group or not. We are aware that our group does not have a monopoly on creative writing and there may be budding authors in our U3A community who do not wish to belong to our group but who would love to “give it a go”.

This competition will also be open to writing groups in our cluster U3As (Long Eaton, Stapleford and Ilkeston).

Please note that it is not a competition for professionals. Please do not enter if you have earned £300 or more from short story writing. Also, please do not enter a story that has been a winner in another competition.

The Theme of the Short Story:
This year we would like you to take a weather event and to use it as inspiration for your story.

Please note: It can be any kind of story in any genre, as long as your chosen weather event plays an important part.

  • The story must contain no more than 2,000 words excluding the title.
  • The competition is free to enter.
  • A short-list will be selected by members of the Writing For Pleasure Group but the winner will be judged by local author Clare Harvey (
  • A prize is being donated to the winner by the Committee of Beeston U3A.
  • All writers will retain the copyright to their entry/entries but must allow their work to be read out and displayed.
  • The winner of the competition will be announced at the Beeston U3A December Open Meeting on Thursday 6th December. It is expected there will be a reading of the winning entry at that meeting and the story will also be printed in our Beeston U3A Newsletter.
  • The top three stories will appear on our Writing For Pleasure website with the permission of the writers. (
  • There will be no feedback on the stories by the judges apart from the top three.

Good luck and happy writing and see page 5 of these documents for some hints for making your story stand out.

For full details of the competition including rules and an entry form click on Beeston U3A Writing For Pleasure Short Story Competition 2018 Entry Form

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