Writers of all ages are again being invited to craft their own ultra-short stories of just 50 words with a chance to win £30 worth of book vouchers as Lincoln Book Festival launches its popular flash fiction competition for 2019 with a new Victorian theme.
This year’s book festival returns in September with a week-long series of literary events celebrating the bicentenary of the birth of Queen Victoria and the era she defined. This national anniversary sets the frame for the return of the festival’s annual creative writing contest with amateur writers challenged to produce new works of fiction based on the festival’s theme, ‘V for Victoria!’.
Organised by Lincoln Book Festival Trust in association with the University of Lincoln and Bishop Grosseteste University, the flash fiction competition aims to uncover new storytelling talent by showcasing concise, compelling creative writing within a defined topic or genre with a simple but challenging brief: the story must be precisely 50 words in length – no more, no less!
There are separate competition categories for primary (Reception to Year 6), secondary (Year 7 – Year 11) and adult age groups (Year 12 upwards, including school leavers). The prize in each age category is a £30 book voucher. The competition is open for entries now with an extended deadline of Friday 19th July 2019 and winners due to be announced at the Lincoln Book Festival launch party on Monday 23rd September.
Competition judges will be looking for short stories inspired by Queen Victoria, Victorian literature, history, or culture, or ‘Victoriana’ – with writers free to interpret the brief as broadly as they wish. Each story is considered on how it reflects the theme through its creativity, style, structure, plot, characters, dialogue or sense of location.
Writers might choose to take inspiration from great literature of the age like a Dickens drama or a Brontë romance. Genres inspired by or emerging from ‘Victoriana’, such as Jules Verne-style adventures and early sci-fi forays, might also offer authors sparks of creativity. Alternatively, writers might choose to anchor their story firmly in real historical events, for example, with fictionalised accounts of key moments or issues that shaped Victoria’s reign.
Phil Hamlyn Williams, Lincoln Book Festival Trust Chair, said:
“Our annual flash fiction competition is now a fixture of the Lincoln Book Festival programme and the competition judges greatly enjoy reading the wonderful writing of the many talented authors who take part. It forms a centrepiece of our launch event in September, which is a genuine celebration of local creative talent.
“As ever, we hope schools in particular will take up the challenge and encourage pupils to take part – we’ve received more than 150 entries each year with some outstanding stories submitted by young local writers.”
Lincoln Book Festival 2019 will take place during the week of 23rd September, bringing high profile authors, historians, broadcasters and public figures to the city for a week-long celebration of history writing and historical fiction. Event include author talks, readings, Q&As plus workshops, local history events and competitions. Most events are hosted at The Collection on Danes Terrace or the Drill Hall on Freeschool Lane with tickets available via the Drill Hall Box Office. The full festival programme is published in early summer.
For more information on Lincoln Book Festival and this year’s flash fiction competition, including entry forms and full terms and conditions, please use the links below (for option to download documents) or visit: www.lincoln.ac.uk/competitions
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