There may be several months to go until the 2017 Frome Festival, but preparation for the annual short story competition is already underway. The competition opens to entries on January 1st, although, if previous years are a guide, the bulk of entries will arrive in the last two weeks, many on the last day – all of which makes for a hectic time for organisers and readers in early June!
The guest judge for 2017 is Laura Wilkinson, novelist, writing mentor and author of ‘Redemption Song’, ‘Public Battles, Private Wars’ and ‘The Family Line’. Laura will announce the winners at the competition prize-giving on Sunday July 16th 2017.
In 2016, first prize went to David Swann for An Arabesque: the Lamping’, second prize to Clare Golding for ‘Deafening’, third prize to Rolf Venner for ‘Julia’s Breakfast Redux’. The local prize was awarded to Liz Jones of Wells for ‘All These Inexorable Things’; local runner up was Jude Winter of Frome with ‘Hide and Seek’. You can read their stories, chosen by literary agent Jane Judd, at- http://www.fromeshortstorycompetition.co.uk/2016-winners-plus-shortlist/.
Entry is by post or online and the rules, plus full details of how to enter, are on the website www.fromeshortstorycompetition.co.uk. Please read the instructions carefully and do not post or upload your story before January 1st. First prize this year is £400, with a second prize of £200 and a third of £100. Local prizes will also be awarded to the best entries from writers living within a 25 radius of Frome Library. The entry fee is £8 per story.