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Equestrian Short Story Competition

Firstly, I must thank Nick Daws for bringing this competition to my attention in his regular newsletterSally Jenkins - Leaden Boot Challenge

The Equestrian Short Story Competition 2014 is a good one to enter if you’re trying to get break into horse-based fiction. But be aware that the publicity and exposure will be worth more than the actual prize.

The competition is looking for, ” … stories that have an equestrian background rather than solely about just being a horse. Maybe a crime novel set in the horse world or perhaps a fantasy novel or an equestrian Harry Potter? How about an equestrian romance which is ideal for the Jilly Cooper addicts!”

The winner’s story will be published as an e-book with the profit from sales going to World Horse Welfare. The winner will also get a Haynet logo hoody.

Two runners up will get their stories published on Haynet and Lavender & White Equestrian Publishing websites.

Word limit is 6,000 words plus a 500 word synopsis. Entry is by email and the closing date is 11th August 2014.

Please check all the terms and conditions before entering.

And if you’re wondering what the photo has to do with the competition – absolutely nothing!

This is me after walking 26 miles, up and down dale (and steep hills!), in the Peak District on Sunday as part of the Leaden Boot Challenge. I look happy because I’ve finally finished (and just eaten a massive plate of pie and peas). But the pain kicked in on Monday morning and I’ve been hobbling around with sore muscles and blistered feet since then.

Any sort of physical challenge like this reminds me of writing, i.e. actually doing it is hard work and not always enjoyable. But that feeling of having completed a challenge or having written something, can’t be beaten!
Do you understand where I’m coming from?

  1. May 21, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Well done on the walk. Gotta love the Peak District. Not sure about that comp, though. One for the hobbyists, I think.

    • May 22, 2014 at 8:07 am

      Yes, Julia, I think it’s for those with a special interest in breaking into that area. And lots to love about the Peak District – the hills are tough though!

  2. May 21, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Hi Sally, well deserved pie and peas, you did well. I love horsey fiction. Dick Frances novels were my favourite and I like Jilly Cooper. Might have a go at this, thanks for the link.

    • May 22, 2014 at 8:08 am

      I haven’t read any Dick Francis, Susan but in my younger days I loved Jilly Cooper. Good Luck if you have a go!

  3. May 22, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Well done on the walk, Sally – that’s a long way! Once upon a time (when I was pony mad teenager) I would have loved to enter this competition, but sadly my horsey days are over.

    • May 22, 2014 at 12:37 pm

      Tracy, I wonder why so many teenage girls go through a horsey phase? My sister did – she was up at the local stables helping out.

  4. May 23, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Good evening Sally
    I have a horsy piece that I wrote last year; perhaps I could enter that. Not sure it is quite what they will be looking for, but you never know. I wrote it for my sister when her ageing Imp was put down, and it is from the horse’s point of view – with his memories and understandings.

    I’m writing to thank you (it was you, wasn’t it?) for mentioning the Open University course Future Learning. I’m finding it very good – I’m already getting far more from it than I have from the Writers Bureau in all the time I have been struggling with that.
    Many thanks,


    • May 24, 2014 at 9:40 am

      Thanks for taking the time to drop by, Peter. I did mention a Future Learning course some weeks back and I’m really glad that you’re getting on well with it.
      And there’s nothing to lose by entering your horsey piece in the competition – if you don’t enter then you definitely won’t win!
      Best wishes.

    • May 24, 2014 at 4:09 pm

      Peter, I’m doing the FutureLearn course, too. I agree: it’s really good stuff.

      • May 24, 2014 at 4:10 pm

        Don’t why I’ve been renamed ‘Snowdog’!. (Julia)

      • May 24, 2014 at 7:04 pm

        That is odd – but you appear to be back to Julia now!

      • P. Douglas Hammond
        May 25, 2014 at 8:04 pm

        Evening Julia.
        I have just completed week three, and have had my first story review – great fun.

        I’ll keep an eye out for you.

    • May 27, 2014 at 8:34 am

      Peter, I’ll keep an eye out for you, too. Enjoy!

  5. May 24, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Competitions – I sent 5 entries political commentary to a political newspaper holding the contest to be judged by 15 internationally renown cartoonists. I have not heard from them. It is in Ukraine – I hope the people are OK. Thanks visit my cartoon blog.

    • May 24, 2014 at 7:04 pm

      Fingers crossed you’ll hear something eventually, Carl. I suppose all the upset there doesn’t help anything run smoothly and a writing competition will come low down on people’s priorities.

  6. May 25, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Well done for completing the walk. I think I’ll give the equestrian challenge a miss, though.

    • May 25, 2014 at 6:54 pm

      Thanks for dropping by, Hilary. You’re obviously, like me, not a horsey person.

  7. May 26, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Well done on the walk, hope the aches and pains have eased now.
    I’m not as fit as you but, yes, I know what you mean about completing a challenge. It always feels good when I write END on a piece of writing.

    • May 26, 2014 at 6:24 pm

      END is definitely a good feeling Linda!

      • P. Douglas Hammond
        May 28, 2014 at 10:35 am

        Its one thing writing END in a piece, but is it ever possible to write FINISHED?

      • May 28, 2014 at 5:25 pm

        It’s so easy to keep tinkering with a piece, isn’t it Douglas? I don’t know how we know when it’s finished, probably when the competition deadline looms!

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