A time like no other…
‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times’
– Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, 1859.
As 2021 draws to a close, Your Library wants to capture the stories of this place at this time. The past two years have seen most of our assumptions, habits and expectations thrown out the window. We would like to record the tempo of the time while it is still fresh and preserve it for the future.
We are calling for short pieces of fiction or non-fiction writing up to 3000 words. A selection of entries will be professionally published in an anthology by IngramSpark. Winners will receive two free copies of their work in the paperback publication and all library members have the opportunity to get other work printed by IngramSpark at a reduced fee. Copies of the anthology will be kept in the Eastern Regional Library collection.
How to enter:
Complete the form below and upload your entry.
Terms and conditions
- The judge’s decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
- Entry is free and open to anyone over 18.
- All entries to be the original, unpublished work of the signatories.
- Entry into the competition confers permission to publish the entry if selected.
- Stories should not exceed 3000 words
- Authors will be asked to supply a short biography (approx. 30 words) to accompany their story. Authors can choose to publish under a different name, or anonymously.
- A selection of entries will be published by ERLC in an anthology. This selection will be made by the judges, assisted by ERLC staff.
- No guarantee is made that any entries, including the winners, will be published in the anthology.
- The selected stories and author biographies will be edited and proofread for length; clarity; correct spelling, punctuation and grammar; and consistent style. The editing process will be done as carefully as possible, but time constraints mean that editing changes will not be returned to the authors for approval before publication.
- Copyright will remain with the writer and is not taken over by Eastern Regional Libraries Corporation.