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Competition CLOSED : Let the Journey begin! Announcing the Dragonfly Tea Short Story Competition 2017

01 Apr, 2017

Dragonfly Tea short story competition 2017 announcement

Pop the kettle on, sharpen your pencils and let your imagination take flight; it's time for Dragonfly's 2017 Short Story Competition!

After receiving over 1000 entries from across the UK last year, we are proud to announce the launch of the 2017 Dragonfly Tea Short Story Competition, in association with Henley Literary Festival.

This year, our theme for the main competition is Journey. Ever since tea chests began travelling along the fabelled spice routes, the little green leaf has been at the heart of many a journey -- from journeys of the mind, to journeys of the spirit, and of course grand journeys across the land. For our children's competition, entries are considered in three age categories (ages 4-7, 8-11, 12-15) with winners receiving book vouchers for themselves and their schools. The theme for these marvellous tales will be Maps.

Open to all unknown budding writers, shortlisted entries will be read and reviewed by our outstanding panel of judges including comedian and writer Helen Lederer, journalist-turned-novelist Paula Cocozza and Literary Editor at the Daily Mail Sandra Parsons. For our children's competition, Baroness Floella Benjamin and Hugless Douglas creator David Melling will be picking the worthy winners.

Finalists from all categories will be invited to the Henley Literary Festival on Sunday 8th October 2017 for a special awards ceremony and prize giving.

Main Competition
Theme: Journey
Word Limit: 3000 words
1st Prize: £1500
2nd Prize: £750
3rd Prize: £500
For full details of what is meant by a non-professional writer, please read our terms and conditions.
Children's Competition
Theme: Maps
Word Limit: 500 words
Age groups: 4-7, 8-11, 12-15
Prizes: £50 voucher for each winner plus £100 voucher for their school.

Closing date for all entries is 11:59pm Monday 31st July 2017.

So, if you're inspired to pen a tale, why not pop the kettle on and let your imagination lead the way...


This competition is open to all non-professional writers who are UK residents.

Before you upload your entry make sure you have read the Rules, Terms & Conditions instructions – failure to comply may result in disqualification, so please read this part carefully.  

Deadline for entries is 31st July 2017.

You can upload your entry in the following file types: .doc, .docx, .txt, .rtf and .pdf. Maximum allowed file size is 2MB.

PLEASE NOTE: The title of your short story entry must also be the file name of your uploaded document. Thank you!

This competition has now closed.

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