Pens at the ready… The Dragonfly Tea Short Story Competition is now open!

Budding writers of all ages can now submit their stories for the 2017 Dragonfly Tea Short Story Competition, with prizes of up to £1,500 on offer when the winners are revealed at a special ceremony at this year’s Henley Literary Festival.

After receiving over 1,000 entries from across the UK last year and seeing the competition featured in the Daily Mail and on the BBC, the Festival has again teamed up with the specialist tea company to uncover some of the best unknown writing talent our country has to offer.

Judges for the adult competition – with the theme of ‘journey’ – include comedian Helen Lederer and journalist-turned-novelist Paula Cocozza, who will be appearing at the Festival with her acclaimed debut How To Be Human, while for children’s Baroness Floella Benjamin and Hugless Douglas creator David Melling will be picking the winners. The children’s competition is split into three categories covering ages 4 to 15, with the theme of ‘maps’.

Entry to the competitions is free and simple. Anyone interested can visit for full details on how to enter online or by post, as well as rules, terms and conditions. Adult prizes range from £250 to £1,500 while children can win book vouchers for themselves and their schools. Last year’s winners included pupils from St Pirans in Maidenhead and Chieveley Primary School, as well as the adult winner, Jo Tiddy of Ickford.

Georgia Ginsberg from Dragonfly Tea said: “We can’t wait to see what the entrants come up with on this year’s themes of ‘journey’ and ‘maps’. Ever since tea chests began travelling along the fabled spice routes, the little green leaf has been at the heart of many a journey – journeys of the mind, of the spirit and of the land. We have been delighted by the response for the first two years so are looking forward to even more aspiring writers, of all ages, taking part this year.”

Click here to enter your short story

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