This National Short Story Week competition was launched in Leicester on November 27th. The competition is based on the theme of gravity racing ( lean, clean and green cars without engines that race very fast downhill). All you have to do is write a short story up to 3,000 words about what happens next, after a gravity racer invades a football pitch and a different kind of foul play is suspected. What happens next is entirely up to you as long as the setting is hot weather. Your story from then on need not involve football.

Pictured at the Gravity Racer Competition launch, the man behind the current Gravity Racing Car World Land Speed Record, David Ackroyd, gets his writing pen out to join some well known faces from Leicestershire’s writing community.

Gravity Racing Car World Land Speed Record David Ackroyd (third left)
For more information about gravity racing see

First Prize is £100 worth of Thomson Travel Vouchers towards taking the winner to a warmer climate.

Competition Rules

1. A short, fictional story written in English of up to 3,000 words that initially involves a gravity racer, a football pitch and hot weather.

2. Entries must be typed, double spaced, page numbered with the story’s title on each page and sent in an attachment

3. The author’s name should not appear on any page in the manuscript.

4. The entry must be the original work of the author and be previously unpublished.

6. A Title page in a separate attachment must accompany the manuscript giving the author’s contact details.

7. Please keep a copy of your entry as manuscripts cannot be returned.

8. Entry to the competition is FREE but limited to only one entry per writer.

9. Closing Date: 31st January 2011.

10. The Judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.



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