Short Story Competition 2011

Following the success of last year's competition, La Scala Studios is pleased to launch another short story competition this year. Entry is open to all, with special prize sections for Pony Club and Riding Club members, Yorkshire residents and racing themed stories. This is a competition designed to encourage creativity, especially in the young. We are grateful to all those sponsors from last year who have come on board again this year to generously support this important competition, and we welcome the new sponsors that have pledged their support this year. Also, we are delighted that Jefferies Saddlery have taken over as the major sponsor which includes the choice of one of their superb saddles for the winner of the first prize in the equestrian section. Moreover, we are also pleased to announce that the judges will once again include Penny Grubb, the award winning author, and John Fairley of Channel Four Racing. So all you need to do is get writing!


PRIZES FOR OPEN SECTION


1st Prize:£200
2nd Prize:£100
3rd Prize:£50



PRIZES FOR EQUESTRIAN SECTION[/size

1st Prize - A brand new saddle of the winner's choice from the Jefferies Saddlery range

2nd Prize - A brand new English leather bridle from Jeffries Saddlery

3rd Prize - A pass to the Bramham International Horse Trials 2012


Runners up prizes in the major sections include: Insurance vouchers, a polo lesson, a specialist equine infrared treatment, saddlery shop vouchers, a gift pack from renowned artist Susan Alison

Yorkshire residents:

1st Prize - A day bout at the Great Yorkshire Show 2012 plus a signed copy of The Jawbone Gang

Runner up - A day out at Beverley Races

Best entry from a Pony Club and Riding Club member each wins a high quality plastic moulded hay

Best entry from a Yorkshire Pony Club member wins an equine infrared treatment


BEST RACING THEMED STORY PRIZE

A VIP day out at the races at any of the following racecourses: Doncaster, Folkestone, Lingfield Park, Royal Windsor, Southwell, Worcester or Wolverhampton on a date of the winner's choice (excluding Doncaster's St Ledger Festival, Lingfield's Sportingbet Winter Derby, or Totesport Derby Trial). The prize includes a 3-course lunch or dinner with a bottle of champagne in one of Arena's premiere viewing restaurants, with a table for the day, racecards, premiere badges and car parking. The winner's party will be offered a visit to the paddock with a racecourse executive, and a mini behind the scenes tour of the weighing room and pre-parade room, where they might get to chat with the jockeys.


Best entry rom under 13s and best entry from 13 to 16 year olds:

will win special prizes - details to come. Watch this space!




THIS YEAR'S SPONSORS SUPPORTING CREATIVITY

The major competition sponsor is:

E. Jeffries of Walsall www.ejeffries.co.uk

Also sponsored by:

Bramham International Horse Trials www.bramaham-horse.co.uk
Racing For Change www.racingforchange.co.uk
Channel 4 Racing www.channel4racing.com
Shearwater Insurance www.shearwater-insurance.co.uk
Patrick Wilkinson of Beverley www.patrickwilkinson.co.uk
Beverley Races www.beverley-racecourse.co.uk
Beverley Polo Club www.beverleypoloclub.co.uk
Great Yorkshire Show www.greatyorkshireshow.co.uk
Tickton Hall Stable www.ticktonhallstables.co.uk
RedPin Publishing www.redpin.co.uk
Hodgson Sealants Limited www.hodgsonsealants.com
Key Traffic Systems www.keytraffic.com
The Boston Stud www.bostonstud.co.uk
Emma Stone www.equistone.co.uk
Danuta Reah, crime novelist www.danutarea.com
Oliver Townend Eventer www.townendonline.co.uk
Equine Infrared www.equineinfrared.co.uk
Plas-Tech thermoforming www.plas-tech.co.uk
Susan Alison Art www.montyandrosie.blogspot.com
Linda Acaster, author & coach www.lindaacaster.com
And Badminton 2011 winner:
Mark Todd www.marktoddeventing.com[/size



The closing date for entries: 15th September 2011



Penny Grubb


The judge is crime writer and East Yorkshire resident, Penny Grubb, who has been a writer all her life. She penned her first story at age 4 and won her first writing competition at age 9. In 2004, Penny was awarded the prestigous Crime Writer's Association's Debut Dagger. Penny is also the current Chair of the Authors Licensing and Collecting Society, which is the largest writers' organization in the world. As the judge for this competition, Penny says "I will be looking for imaginative, well-written prose and a story to capture the imagination.



Penny is a keen rider, often in demand to judge at local shows, and can be seen above presenting a trophy at such an event.


www.pennygrubb.com



Linda Acaster

In addition, entrants will be offered the chance of critique from award winning author and creative writing tutor, Linda Acaster. Her novel Torc of Moonlight, set in Hull, is the first in a trilogy of psychological thrillers set in university cities ringing the North York Moors This novel is the first in Linda's trilogy of psychlogical timeslip thrillers set in university cities ringing the North York Moors.

Her forthcoming reference work, Reading A Writer's Mind - Short Fiction Explored, takes beginner and intermediate writers through a series of short stories, examining each from inspiration, through premise, to techniques used in their execution. Fives copies are being donated as prizes in the adult categories.

Linda Acaster offers five fast tips for creating a good short story:

1. choose a character and let the reader see the story through that character's eyes

2. make sure the character has a problem central to the story

3. be spare with description; use only enough so characters aren't acting in a vacum

4. make dialogue snappy, there's not enough space to waffle

5. don't just think visually; humans have five senses - use them



www.lindaacaster.com

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS PAGE IS CURRENTLY BE UPDATED WITH INFORMATION FOR THIS YEARS COMPETITION AND AN ENTRY FORM AND RULES WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD SHORTLY, BUT IS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD FROM www.pennygrubb.com