SCOTTISH ARTS CLUB SHORT STORY COMPETITION
Chairman of Judges: Alexander McCall Smith
First Prize of £800
Presented during the Scottish Arts Club Short Story Awards Dinner
Saturday 12 September 2015
Signed copies of a novel by Alexander McCall Smith awarded to all finalists
All finalists’ stories will be placed on the Scottish Arts Club website
The Scottish Arts Club, located in Rutland Square, Edinburgh, is delighted to announce the second annual Short Story Competition with celebrated author Alexander McCall Smith as chairman of the judging panel. Those familiar with McCall Smith’s work will know that the historic Scottish Arts Club has often featured in his popular 44 Scotland Street novels.
The competition is open to all writers worldwide aged over 16 years, published and unpublished. Stories entered for the competition should be 1,500 words or less and can be on any topic. The stories do not have to be associated with Scotland. Competition entries must not have been previously broadcast on radio, read aloud as part of a commercial performance or published in any format, including on a web site that is open to the public.
All entrants over 16 years are eligible for the first prize award of £800, with the winner selected by Alexander McCall Smith. This year we are also introducing a special SAC Member’s Award for the most popular short story written by a club member.
If you would like to enter the Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition 2015, please read carefully the terms and conditions of entry below.
Terms and conditions of entry:
|1 Closing Date||31 March 2015|
|2 Word Limit||1,500 words (stories over the word limit will be disqualified)|
|3. Fees||Every story entered carries a £10 fee:1. Via Pay Pal2. By cheque payable against a UK bank, made out to the Scottish Arts Club Charitable Trust|
|4. Format||All submissions should be via email, in English, double spaced, 12pt, in Microsoft Word or in a PDF format.|
|5. Submission||Your entry email should include 2 elements: the Entry Form and The StoryThe Entry Form is here The story pages should include:
|6. Returns, Changes||No corrections can be made after submission, nor fees refunded after entry. If you wish to make changes to your story you may re-submit another version paying another £10 entry fee. No reimbursement will be made for stories that are disqualified for being inconsistent with the terms and conditions.|
|7. Copyright||The WORK submitted must be original, fictional, and entirely the author’s own work, and not infringe the copyright or any other rights of any third party and not be defamatory of any living person or corporate body. Entries must be in the entrant’s own name. Stories entered should be suitable for an adult audience but not unsuitable for a general audience when published on the Scottish Arts Club website.|
|8. Judging||The Scottish Arts Club guarantees that judging will be anonymous, impartial and fair. The Chairman of Judges’ decision is final. The Scottish Arts Club cannot enter into discussion with any entrant as to the judging process.|
|9. Publicity||By entering this competition all writers agree that if they are among the finalists, their identity and town/country of residence may be released to the media and their stories may be published on the Scottish Arts Club website.|
|10. The Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition Prize||The finalists in the Short Story Competition will be contacted personally by email or by telephone by 15 August 2015. The award will be presented on 12 September, 2015 during the Scottish Arts Club Short Story Awards Dinner.
|11. The Scottish Arts Club Member’s Prize||The Reading Panel is made up of members of the Scottish Arts Club. Three finalists and the winner of the SAC Member’s Prize will be selected by the Reading Panel from among the short stories entered for the competition by club members. The Member’s Prize will be presented during the dinner at the Club on Saturday 12 September.
|12. Eligibility||Members of the Reading Panel, their immediate family members and members of the club administration directly involved with the Short Story Competition are not eligible to enter the competition.|