Short Story Competition Rules

Short Story Competition Rules

All categories:

  1. Entries must be no longer than 500 words and be an original work that has been added to a given opening.
  2. The competition is free to enter
  3. Entrants need not be UK residents
  4. Entries must be received by midnight on 12th October NOW extended until 19th October!! and include your full name, address and contact details.
  5. Email your entries to frankenstein@matlockbathda.co.uk
  6. The Judging panel will be chaired by Matthew Parris writer and journalist with Andrew Smith, Professor of Nineteenth Century English Literature, Sheffield University and Tony Jones, retired Head of English at Highfields School Matlock
  7. Winners will be announced in ‘The Wondrous Cave’ – the Great Masson Cavern at The Heights of Abraham.
  8. Winning entries will be read and recorded.
  9. A full list of the prizes is on the ‘prizes’ page

Adult competition

  1. Entries should begin with these lines from Frankenstein:

“We left Oxford with regret and proceeded to Matlock, which was our next place of rest. The country in the neighbourhood of this village resembled, to a greater degree, the scenery of Switzerland; but everything is on a lower scale, and the green hills want the crown of distant white Alps which always attend on the piny mountains of my native country. We visited the wondrous cave and the little cabinets of natural history, where the curiosities are disposed in the same manner as in the collections at Servox and Chamounix. The latter name made me tremble when pronounced by Henry, and I hastened to quit Matlock, with which that terrible scene was thus associated.”

The judges are looking for creative engagements with Mary Shelley’s novel which may be Gothic, or comic, or in other ways innovative and unusual.

Secondary (years 7 – 11) and Primary (years 1 – 6) school age taken at 19th October 2018

  1. Entries should begin with these lines from Frankenstein:

“We left Oxford with regret and proceeded to Matlock, which was our next place of rest. The country in the neighbourhood of this village resembled, to a greater degree, the scenery of Switzerland. We visited the wondrous cave…..”

Can you let your imagination run wild and write a story inspired by the cave in Matlock Bath, just as Mary did? If so, we want to read your story about what happens on the visit to the cave.

2.    Give your date of birth

Good luck and enjoy creating – we are looking forward to reading your stories

Short Story Competition Poster – click the link to download the poster

Updated 31st August 2018