New Competition 

Chair’s 1000 Word Challenge – fiction or non-fiction.  

£100 for the winner.




The comments made by several members who replied to the Chair’s email suggest a wish for competitions and publication were lead reasons for being members. So, this new competition will test that desire. The competition is limited to electronic entries in the form of an attachment to an email sent to 

Writing copy for a specific space is a challenge and a discipline. As a writer, whether fiction or non-fiction, there are space limits. There are also templates for books – for some publishing houses. 

In this case the Chair challenges Members to write a piece either fiction or non-fiction which must be EXACTLY 1000 words.  

The title and the author’s name are not counted. Click on 'Download' link below to see an example of the lead page and an exact 1000 word piece of writing following the required layout. 

The entry must be in WORD.doc text, editable. Paragraphing must not have extra spaces, single spacing should be used throughout, and indents should not be made with the space bar but with a tab setting at 5 clicks please. 

Closing date is 31st August. The winner will be printed in The Author, and appear on the website. Any pieces judged as having high merit will also appear on the website. Copyright will remain with the original author in all cases. Permission to publish as above will be considered as given by the act of entry.  

The following will be looked for. Some idea, or ‘moment’ early in the piece, to be echoed in the closure. The main body should carry the piece forward with pace and tight uncluttered writing serving to ‘hold the reader’ from beginning to end. Realistic dialogue worked into the piece will be seen as a bonus. 

A critique report will be forwarded to all who enter this competition since we all are never fully satisfied by a mere rejection slip. The whole process is aimed at encouragement, getting members writing and submitting material, and ensuring the Society remains alive and well. The responsibility for this has to be on the membership being active. 

RESULTS are expected by 10th September and will be published on the website, and 'on-line' members will also be informed by email. 

CRITIQUES will take longer, but all should be in the hands of entrants by 10th October.

The layout is shown in the following example of the entry format, and an example of strict 1000 word copy. 

Members will be informed in the coming eight weeks as to the number of entries, week by week, giving an idea of the life and progress of the Competition.


Good luck.

The Air Rifle.pdf