Monday, 5 December 2011

SAY IT WITH (FEW) WORDS: Bookophilia launches inaugural short story writing contest

EXPRESS YOURSELF: Bookophilia announces new writing contest.

Calling all writers – amateur and pro.

St. Andrew-based book dealer Bookophilia has put out a call for entries for its inaugural The Really Really Short Story Competition. Interested? If so, you must submit a 24-word short story on any topic of your choice for a chance to win a $20,000 Bookophilia gift certificate.

Per Andrea Dempster, proprietor of Bookophilia, the curiously titled writing competition serves as one of the exciting features of Bookophilia’s Countdown to Christmas lineup. As she tells it, this was just one of the channels Bookophilia is tapping into as part of their mission to promote creativity and innovation while supporting the local writing community. “This way we get to showcase the writing talent that is out there and have fun at the same time,” explains Dempster.

Entries – no more than 24 words in length – may be submitted by email to, or in hard copy to Bookophilia, 92 Hope Road. Closing date: Dec. 24, 2011. The judges (Ashley Gambrill, Kim Robinson-Walcott and Diana McCaulay) will announce the winner on New Year’s Eve. During the judging period, selected entries will also be posted on Bookophilia’s Facebook page and shared on Twitter. Next January, Bookophilia will host a Really Really Short Story reading party, where the best entries will be read by their authors.

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