The Historical Writers’ Association Dorothy Dunnett Short Story Competition is looking for entries – with a deadline of July 31st.

This is for original, unpublished historical fiction in any genre, up to 3,500-words. All stories must be set at least 35 years in the past.

The winner will receive £500 plus mentoring sessions from an author and agent. The winning story will also be published in Whispering Gallery and on

Winning and shortlisted writers will be published in an ebook by the HWA and Dorothy Dunnett Society, with each shortlisted author receiving £25 plus two copies.

Winners and those shortlisted will be invited to an awards ceremony in London in November – though, because of present circumstances, the organisers will be guided by what it sensible and practical nearer the time. Entry is £5 and details can be found on their website:

The brief gives you free rein, from World War II espionage to armoured knights battling to the death. All it needs is a flight of the imagination. And, not wishing to labour the point, do bear in mind that this member of ninevoices managed to win a similar cheque, plus a publishing deal, from the lovely HWA people back in the spring. So – it can be done!

Good luck!