Members’ Short Story Competition

We are inviting our members – budding writers and those with maybe more experience – to take part in our short story competition. This brainchild of our Chairman, John Hajdu, may help to pass the coming darker evenings while the world around us is changing in unexpected ways. You may wish to encourage your friends and neighbours to join the Association so that they too can take part. There will be two categories and rules for entrants:

  • Children up to and including age 14. Entries should be up to 500 words. First prize £50, 2nd prize £30, 3rd prize £20.
  • Age 15+. Entries up to 750 words. First prize £100, 2nd prize £75, 3rd prize £50.

Stories need to be submitted by 1st December so that the winning entries can be printed in our January/February 2021 issue. Entries must be an original piece of work written by the entrant and not previously published elsewhere.

Our judges will be Trevor and Valerie Grove both experienced writers themselves. Valerie is a veteran Fleet Street journalist, writing mostly for the Times and Sunday Times. She was also Literary Editor of the Evening Standard and has written the official biographies of Laurie Lee and John Mortimer. Trevor worked for the Evening Standard and the Observer before becoming Editor of the Sunday Telegraph. He has written books about the jury system and the magistracy – as well as one about the dogs on Hampstead Heath.

So, get your imaginative thinking caps on, and we very much look forward to receiving your entries which should be sent to