WELCOME TO FOLKESTONE WRITERS

Folkestone Writers was founded in 2009 to provide a forum for local authors, both published and unpublished. Our activities include:

Meetings at which members discuss literary and related topics, including the thriving local arts scene, and read extracts from work-in-progress.

Publications including The Folkestone Anthology of which eight issues have so far been produced containing mainly short fiction but also poetry and ‘true stories’ based on personal experience.

A short story competition which is run in conjunction with the Folkestone Book Festival, winners being announced and prizes presented at a Fringe Event. We are running another competition this year (2019), for stories of 1500 to 2000 words. No particular theme is specified but stories should appeal to an intelligent adult readership.

The winning stories and perhaps a dozen others, if suitable, will be published in The Folkestone 2020 Anthology (a) if the winners (or a nominated proxy) can turn up to receive their prizes and read their stories at a Fringe Event to be held on Wednesday, 20th November at 3.00 p.m. at Sunflower House, 45 Foord Road, Folkestone; and (b) all selected authors agree to purchase two copies of the Anthology and will then also receive a third copy free.

FIRST PRIZE £100              SECOND PRIZE £50

Stories must be the author’s own original work, as yet unpublished and not submitted elsewhere. Entries should be on A4, 1.5 line-spaced, with one-inch (2.54 cm.) margins. First lines of paragraphs should be indented 0.75 cm and no line spaces between paragraphs.  Generally use single quotation marks and only use double quotes for quotes within quotes. Use English UK (not US) and  where alternative spellings are available prefer e.g. burnt to burned, civilise to civilize.

 £5 PER ENTRY    DEADLINE 31ST OCT 2019 

Email entries as Word docx attachments to john.sussams@gmail.com; or post 3 copies to John Sussams 14A Castle Hill Ave, Folkestone,CT20 2QT

A Newsletter with notices, progress reports (re publications, and the short story competition), members news, theme for next meeting, etc.

Literary Lunches organised by one of our members at the Tavernetta, an upmarket Italian restaurant − for local authors, friends and invited guests. There is always lively conversation, news and views, and maybe a short presentation under the general ‘arts and books’ heading.

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Next Meeting Weds 18th Sept 2019

Venue: 14A Castle Hill Ave Folkestone. Time 2.30 p.m.

Discuss programme for rest of  year.  Read and discuss contributions of those attending.

IMPORTANT NOTICE.  Entries for this year’s short story competition are coming in very slowly.  If we do not get enough we may have to cancel the competition. Send your entries in now.  Do not send entry fee until we confirm that we have enough entries for a viable competition. If we do not get enough, your entry may still be suitable for publication in our next Anthology, in which case we will discuss this with you when the time comes. The deadline for the competition (short stories 1500-2000words) remains at 31st Oct. But note that  for the Anthology (for members of Folkestone Writers, annual subscription £10)  stories of any length up tp 5000 words are allowed as well as poetry and non-fiction articles of local or topical interest. The publication date will depend on how long it takes to get enough suitable submissions for a full volume.

 

 

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Short story competition 2019

FOLKESTONE WRITERS are running another competition this year, in connection with The Folkestone Book Festival, for stories of 1500 to 2000 words. No particular theme is specified but stories should appeal to an intelligent adult readership.

The winning stories and perhaps a dozen others, if suitable, will be published in The Folkestone 2020 Anthology (a) if the winners (or a nominated proxy) can turn up to receive their prizes and read their stories at a Fringe Event to be held on 20th Nov. at 3.00 p.m. at Sunflower House, 45 Foord Road, Folkestone; and (b) all selected authors agree to purchase two copies of the Anthology and will then receive a third copy free.

FIRST PRIZE £100              SECOND PRIZE £50

Stories must be the author’s own original work, as yet unpublished and not submitted elsewhere. Entries should be on A4, 1.5 line-spaced, with one-inch (2.54 cm.) margins. First lines of paragraphs should be indented 0.75 cm and no line spaces between paragraphs.  Generally use single quotation marks and only use double quotes for quotes within quotes. Use English UK (not US) and  where alternative spellings are available prefer e.g. burnt to burned, civilise to civilize.

 £5 PER ENTRY    DEADLINE 31ST OCT 2019 

Email entries as Word docx attachments to john.sussams@gmail.com; or post 3 copies to John Sussams 14A Castle Hill Ave, Folkestone,CT20 2QT

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Membership Subs

Some members’ 2019 subscriptions (£10) are now overdue (cheques payable to Folkestone Writers).

Note that the next (2020) Anthology will publish (a) the winning and selected other stories from the Short Story Competition; (b) paid-up members may also submit stories, poetry and non-fiction (of local and topical interest) up to 5000 words.

John Sussams john.sussams@gmail.com Tel 01303 242990

14A Castle Hill Ave Folkestone CT20 2QT

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