Act fast for your chance to be Walthamstow Author of the Year

The Mall’s Short Story Competition for aspiring writers closes this Sunday.

The careers of many writers and journalists have been kick-started with a writing competition. Not only may it get you published, but it boosts your CV and it could be lucrative.

At the age of 13, journalist and author Caitlin Moran won a young readers’ contest, and Hollywood studio production companies often search competition entries for talent.

The Mall in Walthamstow is currently on the hunt for aspiring writers to enter the Short Story Competition.

Resident Ceyda Mills on her final draft

However, individuals must act quickly as the submission deadline is Sunday 21 February.

There are three age categories: 12 years and under, 13 to 17 and 18 plus. The winner of each category will receive a £100 Waterstone’s voucher, a winner’s trophy and the chance to see their work published.

The Mall marketing manager Rebecca Marjoram hopes the Short Story Competition will encourage young people to develop a greater interest in writing.

She said: “We know that there is incredible creative talent in Walthamstow, and we’re looking forward to reading the entries in the competition.”

Your entry can be about anything you like. Short stories can be up to 2,000 words, must be written in English and must be completely original. It must not have been entered for any other competition.

The contest is part of The Mall’s wider preparation for World Book Day on 3 March.

Email your submission to before it’s too late.

Good luck!


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