Competition Rules 2021

• The start date for the 300 Word Flash Fiction Competition The Iron Lady will be 1st March 2021.

• All entries must be received by 12 Noon on Monday 20th September 2021.

• The competition is open to anyone aged 11 years and over.

• Entries can be from anywhere in the world.

• The standard entry fee is £2.50 per story. Each person may enter a maximum of two stories. This fee is waived for entries from young people aged 11-18.

• Entries may be submitted by email or by post. Emails to granthamwriterstoo@gmail.com

• Postal entries must be accompanied by an entry form, the appropriate entry fee, and be addressed to Grantham Writers Flash Fiction Competition, c/o 45 Harrowby Rd, Grantham, NG31 9ED.

• One entry form, whether submitted by email or post, may cover one or two stories.

• Email entries will be acknowledged by email. If you do not receive a response within a week then please email again.

• If we cannot open or read stories sent in attachments we will contact you to ask you to resend in another format or post in.

• A confirmation of receipt of a postal entry will be sent to the email address, if supplied. Otherwise the entrant should enclose a stamped addressed envelope/postcard.

• Payment into the Grantham Writers bank account (sort code 40-22-19 HSBC, account number 41402293) with your name as reference, or by cheque payable to ‘Grantham Writers’. Payment must be received on or before Friday 25th September 2021 for the entry to be valid.

• Stories must be no more than 300 words, not including the title.

• Stories must be written in English.

• Stories must be readable or they cannot be included in the judging.

• Stories must not have been published – including self-published, on a website or broadcast – or featured amongst the winners in another competition.

• The title of the story must appear at the top of the page.

• Nothing must appear on any page which would identify the author.

• Stories will not be returned, so please retain a copy.

• Stories cannot be altered once entered. Entries can be withdrawn and replaced for another payment.

• All entries will be considered anonymously by the judge.

• The judge is not eligible to enter the competition.

• Any plagiarised work will be disqualified along with any other work submitted by the entrant.

• The winner of first prize will receive £100, second prize £50.

• There will be an additional Grantham Writers Group prize of the Eric Chappell Cup awarded to the best story written by a member of the Grantham Writers Group.

• There will be an additional prize of a £20 book token for the best entry by a young person aged under 19 years.

• The winning stories will be published on the Grantham Writers website and Grantham Writers Facebook page, and by submitting your entries you give permission for this.

• The prizes will be awarded on Saturday 9th October 2021

• Results will be announced on the Grantham Writers Website on Sunday October 10th and on the Grantham Writers Facebook page on the same date.

• The Secretary and Chairman of the Grantham Writers Group reserve the right not to award prizes if, in the judge’s opinion, such an action is justified.