This award, for a single short story, is open to authors aged 18 or over (on January 1st 2014) whose primary residence has been the UK or Ireland since 1st November 2011.
No Entry Fee.
Max of 4,000 words.
Previously unpublished stories only.
Closing: 4pm, 1st of August 2014.
One story per author only. No set theme.
Six stories will be shortlisted and these will be posted on the Costa Book Awards website from mid-November 2014 to mid-January 2015. The public will vote for their favourite. (GROAN!)
Prizes: £3,500, £1,500 and £500.
Full competition rules and entry on the website.