I love conspiracy theories. Don’t you just love sitting down on a chilly night, warming yourself with a jiko, completely disregarding the carbon monoxide and building up maybe-true-but-not-so-quite stories about why so-and-so died rather mysteriously through a tragic car accident?
Well, here’s your chance to do just that and win festival tickets and some books.
Pick an event that actually happened, and create a fictional conspiracy story around it. Death, murder, politics, crime, family vendettas, and so on are acceptable themes for this contest. Before you send in your story, please refer to the Judges’ Note below.
Word Count – Maximum 1600 words.
Must be a fictional story not a commentary.
Email to: email@example.com with ‘Conspiracy’ in the Email Subject.
Deadline for Submission: 8th May 2012.
1st Place – 2 books, 2 Season Tickets to the Storymoja Hay Festival( 14 – 16 September 2012)
2nd Place – 1 book, 2 Season Tickets to the Storymoja Hay Festival.
3rd Place – 1 Season Ticket to the Storymoja Hay Festival.
Authors of the three top stories will have a chance to consult with an editor regarding developing their work for print publishing.
A Note from one of the Judges:
Creative writing is both an honourable and rewarding art. Please treat it as such.
- Do not send in your first draft. Go over your work and edit at least two or three times.
- Please observe the rules of the written language. Avoid run-on sentences. Use punctuation marks where they should be. If you want to be clever with words, understanding the rules makes it possible for you to execute the play efficiently. If you do not understand the rules of language avoid making clever word plays(metaphors, cliches etc.)
- Always make sure that the story you submit has your name inside the document, preferably at the top, or at the bottom if you must (if you include your pseudonym, please indicate this in your submitting email). Your document should ideally be a Word 97 document, single spaced, 12 point Times New Roman Font.
- Follow submission guidelines. Read them through and go over your work to ensure it fits within the guidelines. Your story could be brilliant but it may be excluded because it does not fit into the guidelines.