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You may be on holiday, but why not spend an hour or two by the pool with your ipad while sipping some chilled white wine…?

The Willesden Herald is offering a bottle of Champagne, a specially inscribed mug and publication to the winner of their short story competition. Ten winning and shortlisted stories will be published in the paper and, after 150 entries, ‘entry fees less submittable fees’ will go into a prize fund to be shared equally between the top ten authors. Stories, on any theme, can be up to 7,500 words. The entry fee is £5 and full details can be found on the website: www.http://willesdenherald.blogspot.co.uk   Closing date is 31st August.

SaveAsWriters in Canterbury are running a competition to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising The closing date is August 3rd.  They are looking for stories of up to 3,000 words on the theme of ‘rebellion’. Entry fee is £4 and prizes are £100, £50 and £25. Details: http://www.saveaswriters.co.uk

Earlyworks Press Flash Fiction Competition. 100 words on any theme. Entry fee: £3 or £10 for six. Prize £100. Details: http://www.earlyworkspress.co.uk

The Terence Rattigan Society Award offers a prize of £2,500 plus a guaranteed theatre production to the winner of the best original 75-minute new play, preferably with an interval. Plays should be for no more than six actors (doubling allowed), and must not previously have been performed or have won any other award. The final judges will be writer Julian Fellowes, director Thea Sharrock, drama professor Dan Reballato and actor David Suchet. A runner-up will receive £1,000 plus a public reading of the play. Entry is FREE, and the closing date is August 31st. Check full details: http://www.theterencerattigansociety.co.uk