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MinK2024 - Tales from the City
Submissions: Terms and Conditions 

What you need to know

  • There are two age categories: 14-19 years and 20+ 

  • Submission is open to writers who live, work or study in Buckinghamshire (Milton Keynes' home county), or in the neighbouring counties of Northamptonshire or Bedfordshire.

  • There are prizes! There will be a cash prize of £25 for the best story, best piece of creative non-fiction  and best poem in each of the two age categories.

  • All entries must be written in English. Work should be original and not previously published.

  • Stories and poems must reflect the theme: Tales from the City. You are free to interpret that as creatively as you wish.

  • Flash fiction and creative non-fiction must be no more than 500 words. There is no minimum word limit. Each writer can enter both categories, but we accept only one entry per writer in either category. Any genre is acceptable, e.g. mystery, romance, science fiction, history.

  • Poems must be no more than 40 lines. All types of poem are welcome: free verse, rhyming, haiku, sonnet, etc. You can submit a maximum of three poems, which should be in a single document.

  • You may submit in all three categories If you wish

  • Entries should be submitted in Microsoft Word, RTF or Plain Text as an attachment to an email

  • All work should be typed in Arial size 12 font and should include a word or line count.

  • Writers should not include their name on any part of the attachment as entries will be judged anonymously.

  • We aim to select the best submissions for publication in an anthology that will be available in paperback and e-reader format. Their writers may also be invited to read at online or in-person Lit Fest events. 

  • Please do not submit material that would not receive a cinematic rating of 15 or less (i.e. no 18 / R-rated submissions).

  • Judges cannot correspond with entrants or give feedback on submissions.

Tales from the City
Tales from the City

What you need to do

  • All entries should be submitted as an attachment to an email and sent to

  • Please type MinK2024 Submission in the email subject line and specify which of the three categories you are entering. If you wish to submit in more than one category, please put your submissions in separate documents and submit them together in one email.

  • Please include the following details in the body of your email: 

    • Your full name

    • Age category

    • Your ethnicity

    • Title(s) of pieces

    • Email address/phone number  

    • Address including postcode (your home, workplace or educational institution, depending on how you meet the eligibility criteria).


Deadline for submissions: 1 Feb 2024

Winners will be notified by: 22 March 2024

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