Win prizes in Brixham Theatre's short story competition

Torbay Weekly

Brixham Theatre has launched a holiday short story competition in the wake of the popularity of a love poem competition in February.

The theme for this competition is not restricted to summer holidays... any holiday will do.

Can you recall those seemingly endless school holidays, then all too soon you are back at your desk, confronted with the first task of the new term? You’ve got it! Write an essay entitled ‘what I did on my holidays.’

A theatre spokesperson said: "In this case, you are not being asked to write an essay but rather a piece of fiction, a story about a holiday.

"That is not to say that you can’t use memories or things that really happened, but, if you do, fictionalise them in an imaginative and interesting way.

"Perhaps your story will be inspired by childhood experiences. Maybe you would like to write a tale of ‘the holiday from hell’, where your characters must cope with disaster after disaster.

"Funny or terribly serious? Could it be you have had a dream holiday lurking in your head? Is the story you hide inside you about a holiday romance or a holiday won in a competition? The character you decide to create may be the first tourist on Mars! The possibilities are without limit."

Entry is free and entries will be published on Brixham Theatre’s website, - please bear this in mind when selecting subject matter and language.

First prize is Champagne, a cash alternative of £40 or two tickets for a show of the winner’s choice, second is £30 and third £20.

There are rules to follow: writers must be aged 16 or older; the story should be the writer's own, unpublished work; the story can be a maximum of 1,500 words although shorter is fine; writers may submit a maximum of three stories; entries must be written in English and typed, double spaced on A4 paper using a minimum font of 12pt; manuscripts will not be returned.

The closing date for entries is July 31 and winners will be notified by August 21. The judges’ decision is final.

Entries should be posted to Summer Short Story Competition, Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA. Your contact details must NOT  appear on the manuscript but be provided on a separate A4 sheet of paper. You can enter online. Send your story and contact details as a two-section email to