The Leicester Writes Short Story Prize is being organised by city based small press, Dahlia Publishing. It is looking for short stories of up to 3000 words on any theme or subject.

Competition organiser, Farhana Shaikh said: ‘We’re really excited about launching this competition and unearthing some raw talent. Leicestershire is a hotbed of creative talent and we have a great history of producing some of the UK’s most loved writers. Last year, we published two titles showcasing the region’s literary talent. This year, we hope to find more hidden voices.’

The competition is open to writers all over the world but a concession is being offered to local residents to encourage them enter. An esteemed judging panel consisting of writers Rebecca Burns, Nina Stibbe, Divya Ghelani and Grace Haddon, as well as The Bookshop Kibworth owner, Debbie James will help pick a winner.

A selection of entries will be published in an anthology and launched during the annual Leicester Writes Festival of New Writing. The winner will receive a £100.

Entries can be made online at www.leicesterwrites.co.uk. The closing date for entries is April 3, 2017.

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Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Great Central, John has been actively involved in Leicester's creative community for over a decade - promoting shows and releasing records under the name Robot Needs Home. He is a director of Handmade Festival, and ex member of the band Maybeshewill.

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