Pentlands Book Festival
16 November - 2 December 2017
Pentlands Book Festival Short Story Competition Rules 2017
1. The competition will be open to Secondary school students aged 12-15 and Primary 7 pupils attending schools in the catchment areas of,
or resident in, Balerno, Colinton, Currie and Juniper Green.
2. Entrants must be aged 12 to 15 or in a primary 7 class on 3rd December 2017, the last day of Book Week Scotland. The top three
entries in each age group will be eligible for a prize.
3. In the case of primary schools, school staff are asked to choose the ten best stories from their primary 7 pupils for submission to the
4. Stories should illustrate the theme of ‘Peace at Last’, though entrants may choose their own title if they prefer another.
5. Each entrant may submit more than one story on the theme.
6. Stories should have a title and be no longer than 501 words. The title will not be included in the word count.
7. Entries may be submitted by email or, alternatively, written legibly or printed on A4 paper
8. Each story submitted must include the writer’s name, date of birth and name of her/his school at the head of the first page. Any entrant
no longer at school should provide a contact phone number or email address.
9. The deadline for submission of entries is Friday13th October 2017.
10. A single copy emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org is the preferred method of entry.
Paper entries should be posted or delivered by the deadline to either Currie or Colinton Public Library and clearly marked ‘Pentlands Book
Festival Short Story Competition’.
11. A winner and two runners-up in each age group will be chosen by a panel of three or more judges.
12. The judges’ decision is final.
13. The winner and runners up in each age group will receive a monetary prize awarded by the sponsors, The Rotary Club of Currie
Balerno, £50 for the first prize and £25 each for the two runners up in each age category.
14. The winners and runners-up, together with their parents, will be invited to the presentation of prizes at an event in Currie CHS on the
afternoon of Saturday, 2nd December 2017, at which the prize-winners’ stories will be read to an audience.
15. The winning entry in each age category will be printed in the community newspaper, the C&B News.
16. Writers retain the copyright in their entries but grant to the PBF a perpetual non-exclusive royalty-free licence to publish the entry
and/or post it online.
STORIES WILL BE JUDGED BY THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA:
a) the short story conveys a clear sense of the suggested theme,
b) the short story creates a clear sense of setting,
c) the short story shows skill in the creation of a credible character or characters,
d) the short story has a cohesive structure,
e) the short story reveals skill in the conscious and deliberate use of language for effect.
Please send any questions you may have about the competition to email@example.com