Lethbridge-Stewart South Wales Short Story Competition

Candy Jar Books are offering aspiring writers an exciting opportunity. Launching at this year’s Candy Jar Book Festival in Cardiff, budding writers are being asked to submit a short story based on the Doctor Who character Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart.

These stories will be included in a book to be released early next year.

The overall winner will be offered the chance to pen their very own Lethbridge-Stewart book; where they’ll working alongside range editor and creative director of the Haisman estate, Andy Frankham-Allen to craft their own piece of Doctor Who lore. If that wasn’t enough, the winner will also receive a Kindle Fire to read it on. Both the winner and runner-up will receive all the Lethbridge-Stewart novels from 2018. All winning entries will see their stories published in book form in 2018.

Shaun Russell, head of publishing, says:

“We had huge success with the previous two short story competitions and we wanted to do something different this year. With the fiftieth anniversary of the Brigadier coming up we felt that this would be a fantastic opportunity for budding writers to write their very own Lethbridge-Stewart story.”

The Lethbridge-Stewart South Wales Short Story Competition will launch at Candy Jar Book festival on 17th August.

Taking place at the Cardiff Central Library the event kicks off at 12pm with a drawing class hosted by cover artist Richard Young; then at 1pm, a panel with Lethbridge-Stewart authors Nick Walters, Simon A Forward, Tim Gambrell, Alyson Leeds and range editor Andy Frankham-Allen, will discuss writing Lethbridge-Stewart and Doctor Who novels and short stories.

Andy Frankham-Allen says:

“It’s a unique opportunity to have so many of our authors together in one place. We’ll be talking about the differences between writing novels and short stories, and offer some hints and tips for those interested in entering the short story competition. We are extremely committed to encouraging new talent and hope the public will take the time to come along and possibly enter the competition.”

The South Wales Short Story Competition will be accepting submissions from 17th August. Entrants are permitted to submit up to two short stories of no more than three thousand words. The competition is open to all unpublished writers across the UK.

All submissions must be received by the end of September. The competition is £5 to enter per story. The terms and conditions, such as copyright restrictions, will be emailed once the entrant has paid.

Entries can be sent via the Candy Jar Book Festival website or via FreeWebStore. 

The Candy Jar Book Festival, which celebrates the very best of Welsh stories – from delightful detectives to tremendous time travellers, starts on Sunday 13th August for a fun-packed week of author panel events, book signings, illustrator workshops, and much more.  Events will be take place in Cardiff at The Shed, The Hayes, just outside St Davids Shopping Centre, Cardiff Central Library, and Cardiff Story Museum.