As part of The National Gallery’s celebrated Friday Lates, award-winning live fiction night Liars’ League is running its first ever short story competition for unpublished short stories of 1000-2000 words inspired by paintings or galleries.
The contest is free to enter, and the five winning stories will be read live by a professional actor in one of the magnificent rooms of the National Gallery on the evening of their Summer Late, which is themed around Inspiration. The event will take place from 6 to 9pm on Friday 22nd July 2016.
All five winners will be published on www.liarsleague.com as text, podcast and HD video. Authors will also receive complimentary drinks at the event and access to the Painters’ Paintings Special Exhibition (normally £10).
Interested? Here’s what to do …
- Go to the National Gallery’s website nationalgallery.org.uk and browse the online gallery - or even better, take a wander around the Gallery itself (it’s free!) until you find a painting that grabs you
- Write a story inspired EITHER by that specific painting (don’t forget to tell us under the title of your story which painting it was inspired by) OR by the Gallery itself
- Email your story (which MUST be unpublished and between 1000 and 2000 words long) as a .doc, .docx or .rtf attachment to email@example.com by midnight on Thursday June 30th
- Further formatting and submission guidelines are here. If you have any more questions about the competition please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- IMPORTANT: We judge anonymously so please DO NOT put your name anywhere on your story. If successful, we will contact you via the email address you use to submit.
Best of luck, and we look forward to reading your stories!