Kent Life Short Story Competition

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Calling all Medway writers – let’s show the rest of Kent what we’ve got!

Kent Life magazine is running a short story competition, judged by recent Live’n’Local speaker, Truda Thurai.

Your story can be inspired by a place, a person, an event or even an object. But it must relate to Kentish history. From castles and cathedrals to hop farms and paper mills, Dover’s Bronze Age boat and Churchill’s retreat at Chartwell, our county’s rich heritage offers an endless source of inspiration.

The stories will be judged by Kent-based historical novelist Truda Thurai (The Devil Dancers, Barley Bread and Cheese) and winning entries will be read by Sarah Sturt, editor Kent Life and broadcast on Channel Radio’s Arts Hour programme presented by Clive Looker.

Channel Radio is an HD digital radio station. Based on Romney Marsh, it broadcasts worldwide. Clive Looker’s Arts Hour is broadcast from 2-3pm every Sunday.

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Length: Stories should be between 1,000 to 1,500 words

Presentation: All manuscripts should be double-spaced. If submitted in paper form, they should be printed on one side of A4 sheets.

Submissions: Stories can either be submitted by email to: with ‘Kent Short Story Competition’ in the subject line or in paper form to: Kent Short Story Competition. Kent Life, Kent House, 81 Station Road, Ashford, Kent TN23 1PP.

Closing date: 5 December 2015. Winners will be announced in the New Year.

Prizes: The three best short stories will be printed in Kent Life in 2016, accompanied by photographs of the writers taken by Kent Life’s chief photographer Manu Palomeque. Channel Radio will also provide the winner with a CD of the whole broadcast.

Get writing!

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