Here are some frequently asked questions about the Olga Sinclair Open Short Story Competition:
How old do I have to be to enter?
We do not have any age restrictions. The competition is open to all age groups. However, if you are using a Paypal account that doesn’t belong to you, please ensure you have the owners permission BEFORE paying your entry fee. Please also ensure you follow our submission guidelines.
I live outside the UK. Can I still enter?
We accept entries from around the world. However, all payments must be made in Pounds Stirling (GBP), and entries must be written in English.
I don’t have a Paypal account. How can I pay?
You can send a cheque. Please make it out to ‘Norwich Writers Circle’. Write your name, the name of your story, and your address on the back of the cheque. Send it to:
Paul Taylor, 2 Briar Court, Norwich, Norfolk, NR5 8PR
When will the results be announced?
The results are officially announced on 16th October 2018 at our prize giving gala. The results are then usually posted on our website, Facebook and Twitter within 2-3 working days, though this year we are looking to have results posted by midnight the night of the gala, and even looking into live-streaming the results via Facebook or Twitter. Please note that while we make every effort to get the results up as soon as we can, we are all volunteers with many responsibilities outside the group which can sometimes cause unexpected delays.
Will I be contacted if I win?
Prior to the gala, the ten winners will be contacted. They will not, however, be told where they have placed. This will be revealed at our prize giving gala on 16th October 2018. This is why we ask all entrants for contact information. Please ensure it is accurate and up to date. Please ensure you do not reveal you have won ANYWHERE including but not limited to social media, personal and professional websites, via email, telephone, written correspondence, and public announcements.
If my story makes it into the anthology, will I be paid royalties?
Our anthology is non-profit. Authors will not be paid any royalties, however, they retain the full copyright to their story and are free to publish it elsewhere if they so chose. All we ask is that they wait until the anthology has been released before they do so. Authors are only giving us permission to feature their story in the anthology. As such, no royalties would be paid. Proceeds from the anthology go towards things like prize money for future competitions and the costs incurred to keep running them.
When will the anthology be published?
We aim to have the anthology out as soon as we can, usually before Christmas if possible. However, as we are all volunteers with limited resources and other responsibilities and priorities, this is not always possible. We post regular updates on our website and on social media.