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Fiction or fact – both are welcome in the writing competition run in 2013 by the British Czech and Slovak Association. A first prize of £300 and a second prize of £100 will be awarded to the best 1,500 to 2,000-word pieces of original writing in English on the links between Britain and the Czech/Slovak Republics (or their predecessor states), or describing society in transition in the Republics since 1989.  Topics can include history, politics, the sciences, economics, the arts or literature.

The writer of this year’s winning entry will be presented with the prize at the BCSA’s glittering annual dinner in London in November 2013. The winning entry will be published in the December 2013 issue of the British Czech and Slovak Review and the runner-up in a subsequent issue.

Submissions are invited from individuals of any age, nationality or educational background.  Entrants do not need to be members of the BCSA.  Entry is free.  Entries should be received by 30 June 2013.  An author may submit any number of entries.   Submission guidelines are available from the Prize Administrator or the BCSA website at http://www.bcsa.co.uk/specials.html.

Entries should be submitted by post to the BCSA Prize Administrator, 24 Ferndale, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2 3NS, England, or by e-mail to prize@bcsa.co.uk.