Waterstone’s Books Quarterly, in association with Pan Macmillan and the Arvon Foundation, has announced the launch of its inaugural short story competition, Perfectly Formed. They are looking for ‘the best unpublished writer in the country who can create a story that is small but... perfectly formed’. The competition is open to stories of 2,000 words or less by writers who are over 16 and haven’t had fiction ‘professionally published’ before. The story can be about any subject and in any genre.
The winning story will be published in the October issue of Books Quarterly. The winner will also be given a place on a week-long course at Arvon, as well as £200 of Pan Macmillan books of their choice. The three best runners-up will receive written feedback on their entries and £60 of Pan Macmillan books. Their work will also be published online.
Details of the competition are published in the current issue of the Books Quarterly (pictured), which I beleive you can pick up from any Waterstone's store in the UK.
The competition closing date is 1 July 2010.