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In October, Virago Modern Classics will release four of Daphne du Maurier’s chilling collections: The Birds, The Breaking Point, The Doll and The Rendezvous.

To celebrate this iconic writer, Stylist has teamed up with Virago to launch our very own short fiction competition. In tribute to the ‘Queen of the short story’, entries must be gothic in theme – it will be the season for the dark and macabre after all.

Works will be judged by author Stella Duffy, Stylist’s contributing literary editor Francesca Brown, Virago publisher Lennie Goodings and editorial director of Virago Modern Classics, Donna Coonan.  The winning entry will be published in Stylist and on virago.co.uk.

The winner will also receive a six-day writing course with Arvon – England’s leading creative writing charity, running residential courses and retreats led by highly respected authors (arvon.org) – worth a minimum of £600, plus copies of the new du Maurier works.

See more details and find an entry form below.

Let author Daphne Du Maurier be your inspiration

Let author Daphne Du Maurier be your inspiration

The competition

To enter Stylist’s short story competition you will need to write short story no longer than 2,000 words. The story should be original and unpublished and in tribute to the ‘Queen of the short story’, it must be gothic in theme.

The judges

The entries will be judged by an expert panel who will be looking for a story which excites, intrigues and surprises them. The panel includes:

  • Stella Duffy, an award-winning short-story writer who has also written historical and crime fiction, making her the perfect authority on the gothic short story
  • Stylist’s contributing literary editor, Francesca Brown
  • Editorial director of Virago Modern Classics, Donna Coonan
  • Virago publisher, Lennie Goodings

The deadline

Entries should be emailed to shortstorycompetition@stylist.co.uk by 14 September 2016. If you would rather post your entry, please send it to Short Story Competition, Stylist Magazine, Shortlist Media, 26-34 Emerald Street, London, WC1N 3QA. The deadline will not be extended under any circumstances.

The prize

The winning entry will be published in Stylist magazine and on stylist.co.uk, as well as being available to download on Virago’s website.

The winner will also receive a six-day writing course at Arvon redeemable in 2017 and worth a minimum of £600. Arvon, England’s leading creative writing charity, produces residential creative writing courses and retreats, led by highly respected authors. Choose from a tutored course across a wide range of genres (from writing a short story collection to starting a novel) or a retreat designed to allow you the time and space to focus on your writing. Visit arvon.org for more information. 

The winner and two runners up will also win copies of the four new Daphne du Maurier collections.

What you need to enter

Once you have completed your submission, fill out the entry form below and email both items to shortstorycompetition@stylist.co.uk by 14 September 2016. If you would rather post your entry, please send it to Short Story Competition, Stylist Magazine, Shortlist Media, 26-34 Emerald Street, London, WC1N 3QA.

Any questions? Email shortstorycompetition@stylist.co.uk

Entry form

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entry form

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