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£100 prize judged by Sunday Times bestselling author

Welcome to GKBCinc’s inaugural short story competition, where you could win £100 by penning a tantalising two thousand word tale with crime at its heart. The competition is open to anyone and everyone over the age of 18 and we’ll be accepting submissions until 30th June 2013.

Although we want stories that feature crime, we don’t want you to be tied to the traditional crime writing genre. While we’re more than happy to accept murder mysteries and police procedurals and any stories of that ilk, crime is just the theme for our first competition. You can write in any genre you like.

This means your story could be about a bank robbery on Jupiter in the year 2599, or it could be a tragic romance set in ancient Greece, or a rollicking Western adventure. We’re not fussy, as long as the plot centres on a crime of some kind.

After the submission deadline closes, we’ll be assessing the entries over a two-month period before sending a shortlist to competition judge Tim Weaver. Tim is a Sunday Times bestselling author published by Penguin Books. You can learn more about him and his work at timweaverbooks.com.

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Our judge, Tim Weaver, author of novels Chasing The Dead, The Dead Tracks, and Vanished.

Winning submissions will be announced at the end of September and not only will our victorious scribe pocket £100, they’ll also have their story published on our website alongside an author interview, and theirs will be the lead story in an anthology of short stories published by GKBCinc. Two runners up will receive a cash prize and have their stories published on our website and in the anthology.

Before submitting a story, please familiarise yourself with all the below rules and regs and terms and conditions. They cover everything from how to submit your story to what font size they should be presented in and what file extensions are acceptable.

We look forward to reading your stories.

Nick Ellis, Editor-in-chief

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The gkbcinc international short story competition

1st prize £100

+ publication in anthology and publication on the GKBCinc website with an author interview

2nd prize £50

+ publication in anthology and publication on the GKBCinc website

3rd prize £25

+ publication in anthology and publication on the GKBCinc website

Runners up

7 runners up will be published in the anthology and listed on the website

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Entry Dates

The GKBCinc International Short Story Competition is open for submissions all year round. It is a Bi-Annual competition, so runs twice a year. There is no entry fee. The theme for the current competition is CRIME.

The first phase of the contest is open from 1st January to 30th June.

  1. Judging is undertaken in July and August.
  2. Results are announced at the end of September.
  3. Prize monies are awarded at the end of September.
  4. Winning stories are published on the website at the end of September.

The second phase is open from 1st July to 31st December.

  1. Judging is undertaken in January and February.
  2. Results are announced at the end of March.
  3. Prize monies are awarded at the end of March.
  4. Winning stories are published on the website at the end of March.

The anthology will contain all the winning and shortlisted stories from both rounds, so twenty (20) stories in all. It will be published in March 2014 as an eBook through the GKBCinc website and will be made available as a free download.
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Entry Rules

Please read the following rules carefully. Entries that do not abide by the rules will be disqualified.

  1. We accept one (1) entry per author – please do not send in multiple entries.
  2. Stories must be written in English.
  3. Stories must be a maximum of 2,000 words in length – the story title is not included in the word count.
  4. There is no minimum length.
  5. Stories can be of any genre, but we will not accept entries containing gratuitous sex and / or violence.
  6. The theme for the current competition is: crime.
  7. Manuscripts must be double spaced in black 12 point Arial font and uploaded as one of the following file types:
    1. .doc
    2. .docx
    3. .rtf
  8. The file name should be the story title – EG, ‘This Is My Story.doc’.
  9. The author’s name should not appear anywhere in the document as judging is undertaken anonymously.
  10. Once an entry is received, no edited or amended versions will be accepted.

In the unlikely event of circumstances arising outside of its control, GKBCinc reserves the right to cancel this competition at any stage.
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How to Enter

Prior to entry, please read ALL the Rules and the Terms and Conditions thoroughly. Submission of an entry is taken as acceptance of all the Terms and Conditions. Failure to comply with the rules might lead to disqualification.

When you have read all the Rules and T&Cs, please click HERE to go and fill in our online entry form.

We do not accept entries by post or email.

Entry is free.
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Entry Terms and Conditions

Judging

  1. All entries will initially be read by sifters Nick Ellis (GKBCinc Editor in chief) and Chris Fielden (published author). The best stories will be put forward to judge Tim Weaver who will decide winners and runners up. Tim is a Sunday Times bestselling author published by Penguin Books. You can learn more about him on his website http://www.timweaverbooks.com/.
  2. The prizes will be awarded to the authors of the best, eligible short stories in the opinion of the judge.
  3. We are looking for the best new writing, and will consider all entries on the basis of quality and originality of prose and narrative voice. The competition aims to support new authors in the short story genre.
  4. Winners will be contacted personally by email or by telephone.
  5. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  6. The judging will be fair and independent.

eligibility

  1. The competition is open to writers of all nationalities residing anywhere in the world.
  2. The competition is open to authors writing in the English language, aged eighteen (18) years or over.
  3. The story must not contain more than two thousand (2,000) words.
  4. Stories entered into any of our previous competitions are ineligible.
  5. Authors can only enter individually, and not as part of a writing team. No more than one story per author may be submitted. If more than one story is submitted, only the first story received will be considered.
  6. The story entered must be previously unpublished in any medium, including print and internet.
  7. The story submitted must be original, fictional, and entirely the author’s own work. It must not infringe the copyright or any other rights of any third party.
  8. No one directly associated with or employed by GKBCinc, GKBCinc International Short Story Competition or their direct families may enter the competition.
  9. GKBCinc reserves the right to refuse entry to the competition for any reason at its absolute discretion. No discussion will be entered into.

Copyright and Terms of Use

  1. By submitting a story to GKBCinc International Short Story Competition the entrant hereby acknowledges and agrees that, free of any fees or royalty payments, their short story:
    1. will be made available for publication on the GKBCinc website.
    2. will be published in an anthology and made available as a free download.
    3. may be read out or reproduced as a podcast, and broadcast (in whole or in part) on the GKBCinc website or any website affiliated with GKBCinc.
    4. will be used (in whole or in part) in advertising and marketing material via any medium.

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Entry Form

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