FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR SHORT STORY CONTEST

Big thanks to all who took part! 

A large number of entries were received and it was a tough job putting the shortlist together, which is in alphabetical order below.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FINALISTS

Rahad Abir - I am In London
Kate Bonynge - Man At The Bookshop 
Margaret Crompton Belle's Bows
Sarah Evans Weight Of Paper 
Clare Hurst The Square 
Judith Johnson That Day 
Andy Millward Take The Long Way Home
Tabitha Potts - Bells Of London Town
Victoria Thomas - Face Of '66

We were on the lookout for stories that captured the diversity of London’s East End. Stories had to be a work of fiction and in true Cockney style, mention the Bow Bells. All entries had to be original and unpublished (in print, digitally, or on the web), and they had to in some way include at least one of these elements:

  1. Culture and romance
  2. A mystery of some description
  3. Long-lost family or friends
  4. Insight and diversity
  5. Poverty and wealth
  6. Integration into a new society or setting (country, job, school etc)


Shortlisted entries will become part of an anthology that is published by us next year. While we didn't offer a monetary prize as such, entry was free and authors of winning entries will be credited for their stories. They will also receive a published copy of the book to keep. 


No royalties will be paid to the writers, and ten percent (10%) will be donated to a UK charity. As for the remaining ninety percent (90%), being our first ever writing contest we aim to break even when we produce the volume. Many writing contests charge an entry fee, however we will be assuming the risk in terms of production etc, and give budding authors something they can be proud of. 


The charity we will be supporting is OXFAM. 



Terms & Conditions

ELIGIBILITY

Only original and unpublished work will be accepted. Stories must not have been distributed in any form elsewhere, at any time. 

All works that have appeared in print or on the Internet, including self-published works, as well as works that have been broadcast or delivered in front of a public audience, are considered previously published and are therefore not eligible for the competition.

Entrants warrant that stories entered into this competition have not been previously or currently entered into any other competition elsewhere in the world.

You must be 18 years of age or older to enter the contest.

 

RIGHTS

Entrants warrant they have created the entry they are submitting and that they own all rights to it. Entrants will indemnify and hold Brick Lane Publishing harmless from and against any and all loss, damage, costs and other expense arising out of claims, whatever their nature, resulting directly or indirectly from breach of this warranty.


  1. In submitting their work, each participant grants Brick Lane Publishing the following licenses free of charge and irrevocably:
  2. The right to translate an excerpt from the work submitted (no more than 15% of its total length)
  3. The non-exclusive right to reproduce and publish the work submitted on the websites and platforms controlled or authorized by Brick Lane Publishing, both in the original language and in translation
  4. The non-exclusive right to record by means of any existing or not-yet-invented technology, to distribute and broadcast readings of excerpts from the work in the original language or in translation, on Brick Lane Publishing networks and websites/platforms controlled or authorized by them.

  5. Winners grant Brick Lane Publishing exclusive rights, including the following licenses for the duration that the volume is in print, in any form or format, from the date of acceptance of the prize and exclusive thereafter, for all territories throughout the world, unless another agreement is reached with Brick Lane Publishing:
  1. The right to translate the work
  2. The right to reproduce and publish it on the websites and platforms controlled or authorized by Brick Lane Publishing, both in the original language and in translation
  3. The right to make an audio/video recording by means of any existing or not-yet-invented technology, to distribute and broadcast readings of works or excerpts there from in the original language or in translation, on Brick Lane Publishing networks and websites/platforms controlled or authorized by them
  4. The right to edit, abridge or excerpt the work for the purposes of publication or broadcast (the author will be consulted if significant edits are necessary)
  5. Winners agree they will sign and return a separate publishing contract with Brick Lane Publishing, in keeping with these Terms & Conditions.

 

JUDGING

We at Brick Lane Publishing will judge entries on the basis of the author's use of language, originality of subject, writing style and merit. All decisions are final.

 

PRIZES

Publication of the shortlisted works with a copy of the book supplied to each winner.

Visibility provided by Brick Lane Publishing to winners and their work on one or more of its platforms.

Participants maintain ownership of their works, although rights to reproduce and distribute them to the public are restricted by the licenses granted to Brick Lane Publishing, according to these rules.

Prizes shall be accepted as is, and may not be exchanged or transferred. No substitutions shall be allowed. 


For further details please see our General Terms & Conditions.