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Prize for Best North Devon Writer in International Short Story Competition

Annual Short Story Competition

An international short story competition is offering a £50 prize for the best entry from a North Devon writer.

Since it started four years ago, the Parracombe Prize has attracted interest from more than 1,000 writers around the globe. Thanks to sponsorship from Lyn Lions Club, writers in the region will this year be eligible for a £50 award. And all writers who take part will be competing for prize money worth a further £200 in total.

It costs £5 to enter, with short-listed stories being compiled into an anthology, which will be published by Amazon. The resulting book will be sold online, to cater for readers world-wide, as well as at Parracombe’s Pavilion Stores and Café, the village’s popular community shop. Each year, the maximum word count is reflected in the year, so Parracombe Prize 2024 will take stories of any length up to 2,024 words. 

With a dozen judges on its panel drawn from the village, all entries are read at least six times during a rigorous selection process.

Since it started in 2020, the competition has raised some £5,000 for Parracombe Community Trust, which is responsible for a village hall, social housing project and the shop.

Authors are deemed local if they live in post codes EX31 to EX39. Entry closes on January 31. For more details go to Parracombe Prize website.

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