After the resounding success of last year’s inaugural competition in partnership with Dragonfly Tea, we’re delighted to announce the opening of the 2016 Dragonfly Tea Short Story Competition to uncover some of the best unknown writing talent our country has to offer. A celebration of the intriguing and magical world of tea, this year’s theme for adult writers will be ‘Discovery’ – from grand voyages to everyday encounters, from inspiring inventions to quiet epiphanies – while children are encouraged to pen a tale of ‘Adventure’.
Open to all talented but as yet unknown writers, the competition will be decided by a panel of outstanding judges including Sandra Parsons, Literary Editor at the Daily Mail and writer and comedian, Helen Lederer.
Georgia Ginsberg from Dragonfly Tea explains: “It is said that ‘each cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage’, and we couldn’t agree more. For thousands of years tea drinking has been the perfect partner for dreamers, explorers, readers and writers alike. We are excited to build on this great tradition for the second year running and hope to spur the creativity of all budding storytellers. Let your imaginations take us on a voyage of discovery!”
Henley Literary Festival’s Events Director, Harriet Reed added: “We received more than 1,000 entries for the inaugural competition, all of which were of truly impressive quality, so are really excited to sit down at the end of summer, cup of tea in hand, to read this year’s entries. Like us, Dragonfly are a small, family-run organisation, with an infectious passion for tea and everything that goes with it – not least literature – so it’s a delight to partner up again and hopefully discover more untapped talent!”
HOW IT WORKS
• Adult entrants are invited to write a story of up to 3,000 words, with the three winning entrants taking home prizes ranging from £250 to £1,500.
• The children’s competition has three categories, each with a 500-word limit: 4-7, 8-11 and 12-15 years-old. The winner of each category set to receive £50-worth of book vouchers plus £100 in vouchers for their school.
• Entry to the competitions is free and simple. Anyone interested can visit www.dragonflytea.com for full details on how to enter online or by post, as well as rules, terms and conditions.
• 9 May Competition launches
• 29 August Deadline for entries
• 2 October Prizegiving event at Henley Literary Festival, hosted by Helen Lederer