Amnesty International Ely launches annual short story competition – this year’s theme is ‘courage’

Last year local author Lynda Turbet was crowned the winner of Amnesty International Ely's short stor

Last year local author Lynda Turbet was crowned the winner of Amnesty International Ely's short story competition. - Credit: Archant

Amnesty International Ely City Group is running its fourth short story competition in memory of one of its founder members, Gareth Davies-Jones.

Gareth Davies-Jones

Gareth Davies-Jones - Credit: Archant

The competition is for original, unpublished fictional stories written in English and a maximum of 1,500 words.

They must be on the theme of ‘Courage’ and can be set in any place or time.

All entries will be shortlisted down by the group before a final round judged by crime novelist Alison Bruce

The winning writer will receive £50, a hardback signed first edition of Alison Bruce’s latest novel Cambridge Black, and have their story published on the Amnesty International UK and Amnesty International Ely City Group websites.

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The runner-up will receive a copy of Amnesty International Ely City Group’s award-winning recipe book.

Entrants must be 16 or over and based in the UK.

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No submissions should have been shortlisted for or won any other writing competitions.

Writers can submit as many entries as they wish.

It costs £3 per story to ente r(16-18 year-olds) and £5 for over 18s.

Fees are payable via or by cheque to “Ely Amnesty Group” and sent to Amnesty International Ely City Group Treasurer, 49 Ward Way, Witchford, Ely, CB6 2JR.

All proceeds will go towards Amnesty’s human rights campaigns.

Entries must be received by September 21 (International Day of Peace).

The winners will be notified on October 30.

Last year local author Lynda Turbet was crowned the winner of Amnesty International Ely’s short story competition. was crowned the winner of the short story competition.

Judges said her “beautifully crafted story” ‘Meeting Mr Darcy in Darayya’ is based on the true story of a secret library in the heavily bombed Syrian town of Darayya, which was the subject of a Radio 4 documentary in July this year.

How to submit your entry:

• Submissions should be double spaced on numbered pages, typed in 12pt font and sent by email as Word documents or pdfs to

• The name of the author and the title of the story should be supplied in the subject line of the email. •The story title, author’s name, email address, telephone number and word count should appear on a front cover only. ?

• The story title only should appear in a footer at the bottom of each page.

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