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Competition closed: Enter our 'story in a teacup' competition, in association with Henley Literary Festival

19 May, 2015

We are proud and excited to launch our inaugural Dragonfly 'Story in a teacup' Short Story Competition in collaboration with the Henley Literary Festival! For thousands of years tea drinking and creative expression have gone hand-in-hand, inspiring writers, painters, musicians and the unsung artists of everyday life alike.

Tea is a magical and mysterious drink, and each cup of tea has its own special story to tell. In celebration of the little green leaf, we have chosen the names of a few of our delicious teas as titles to stir your imagination and inspire talented but as yet unknown story tellers.

So pour yourself a cup, give your creativity free rein and lead us on a new voyage of the imagination. Whether it's the main competition, the children's competition of even the flash fiction competition, we look forward to reading your stories.

Heading the adult category is bestselling writer Jojo Moyes, author of Me Before You and The One Plus One, and Helen Lederer, the Absolutely Fabulous and Hollyoaks star who recently published her first novel. Lauren Child, author of the Charlie & Lola series is leading the judging of the two children’s categories.

Good Luck!

For all queries relating to the Dragonfly Short Story Competition please email

story in a teacup competition


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 August 2015.

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!

Submissions for this competition have now closed. Thank you.

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