Have a go at our Short Story Competition and you could win a cash prize!


Budding authors and creative writers are invited to share their stories with us for a chance to appear in a published anthology and take home a cash prize! Up for grabs is 1st Prize £100, 2nd Prize £75 and 3rd Prize is £50.

The theme for your story should be inspired by the idea of actually crossing the Tees – think about the wonderful area in which we live, and what that means to you.

Entry forms can be downloaded here – Short story competition – entry form

Closing date for entries is midnight 30 September 2017. Read more about the writing workshops and mentoring sessions below.

Free to enter and open to everyone aged 16 or over, terms and conditions apply.

To help you along your way this year’s Writer in Residence, Tracey Iceton, will be giving top tips and advice in her regular blog posts – so do look out for them under the News/Blog tab!

Good luck!

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Workshops and Mentoring Sessions


Join Tracey at her workshops and get some great tips and advice that might just help you secure the top prize!

Each workshop costs £3 and booking is essential.

Take a look at where the workshops will be taking place below –

Middlesbrough – Hemlington Community Hub and Library

Thursday 27 June,  4 & 11 July, 10am – 12pm call 01642 591918 to book

Hartlepool – Hartlepool Central  Library 

Wednesday 2, 9 & 16 August, 6.30 – 8.30pm  – call 01429 272905 to book

Redcar – Saltburn Library 

Thursday 3, 10 & 17 August, 2 – 4pm  – call 01287 623584 to book

Stockton – Norton Library 

Saturday 5, 12 & 19 August, 10am – 12pm – call 01642 528019 to book

Darlington – Darlington Library 

Wednesday 9, 16 & 23 August, 2 – 4pm – call 01325 462034

Mentoring Days

Tracey will also be holding a series of mentoring days at various locations so you can benefit from one to one advice to get your writing skills and ideas for the short story in tip top condition.

The sessions are free if you are attending one of the above workshops, otherwise they are priced at £3 per session.

Tuesday 29 August – Hemlington Community Hub

Wednesday 30 August – Darlington Library

Wednesday 6 September – Hartlepool Central Library

Thursday 7 September – Saltburn Library

Saturday 9 September  – Stockton Central Library (01642 526521)