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Happily Ever After Writing Competition “Halloween”

Happily Ever After, the new weekly literary show on Stratford Community Radio, is seeking out writing talent in the town. We want to hear from aspiring writers, whether their preference is poetry, short stories, drama, comedy or full-length novels.

Happily Ever After, Halloween Writing Competition

To get our search underway, we are holding a COMPETITION! The theme is HALLOWEEN and entries can be in the form of a poem (maximum 32 lines) or short story (Maximum 1500 words). Your work can be scary, funny, fantasy, and for adults or for children.

Win the chance to appear on the radio and have your story or poem published online!

Winners will be selected in two age groups – Under 16 and Over 16.

Each age group will have a First Place and Runner Up awarded for BEST SHORT STORY and also BEST POEM.

All winning entries will be published on the website of and writers will be invited into the studio on Friday 30th October 2009 to read out their winning entries during Happily Ever After, between 4pm and 5pm. Nominated readers can read the winning work on behalf of writers, if preferred.

Send your entry to:

Happily Ever After
Stratford Community Radio
50 Henley Street
CV37 6QW

Closing date for entries is Friday, 9th October 2009. Entries received after this date will not be considered. Winners will be notified by Friday 23rd October 2009. See Terms and Conditions for further details. All entries must be typewritten with have a cover sheet detailing, name, address, age, telephone number. Short stories must be double-spaced and poems single-spaced, with double-spacing between verses, if applicable. Only one entry per person allowed. It will not be possible to return entries.

Terms and Conditions

1. Entry is open to any writer who lives, works or studies in the Stratford-upon-Avon area. Entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not currently be submitted for publication or any other competition or award.
2. All entries must be accompanied by a cover-sheet detailing the name, address, telephone number and age of the entrant, along with the correct word count. Entrants under 16 must have permission to enter granted by a responsible adult, which might be a parent or teacher.
3. All entries must be typed and on A4 paper. Short stories must be double-spaced. Poems must be single-spaced with double-spacing between each verse, if applicable. Entries cannot be returned.
4. Short stories must be a maximum of 1,500 words. Poems should be a maximum of 32 lines.
5. Entrants retain full copyright to their work.
6. Closing date for entries is Friday, 9th October. Entries received after this date will not be considered.
7. Entries written for adults will be accepted, however any entry containing language or references that listeners may consider offensive or inappropriate for afternoon transmission will not be considered.
8. There are two categories for entrants – Under 16s and Over 16s.
9. Judges will select a First Place and Runner-up for Under 16s for Best Short Story and Best Poem, and for Over 16s for Best Short Story and Best Poem.
10. If other entries are received which the Judges feel deserve commendation, these entries may be selected to appear on the website at
11. Winners will be notified by Friday, 23rd October by telephone on the number provided on the entry cover-sheet.
12. Winning entries and Runners-up will be published on and entry to this competition confirms agreement to such publication.
13. Writers of winning entries will be invited to the studio at Henley Street on Friday, 30th October at 4pm in order to read their winning entries live on the Happily Ever After Show. Writers may nominate a third party to read their winning entry on their behalf, if preferred.
14. The Judges’ decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
15. No cash prizes will be awarded.
16. No alternative prizes will be awarded, however if prize-winners are not able to attend the studio on 30th October 2009, an alternative date may be offered in certain circumstances.

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