A word in your ear

Thousands of people take stories out of Bath & North East Somerset Council libraries – now the library wants residents to bring stories to them.

Bath Central Library
Bath Central Library
Bath Central Library
Bath Central Library

This year the Library Service is teaming up with A Word in Your Ear and Kilter for its annual writing competition. Once again it is kindly sponsored by The Bath Chronicle.

The theme is noir. That could be a classic story; sinister, moody, perhaps with a twisting narrative and set in shadowy underworlds. Or it could be influenced by contemporary Scandinavian Noir.

The competition is free to enter and open to all adults. It is now open and you can submit your story as soon as you like. The winning stories will be read at the Story Fridays event on 7 November at Burdall’s Yard, Bath. There are book token prizes of £20 and £10.

Cllr David Dixon, Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods (Lib Dem, Oldfield), said: “The annual short story competition from Bath & North East Somerset Council’s library service has always proved popular.

“We all know how popular Scandinavian Noir is – perhaps this will kickstart some Somerset Noir.”

There is a maximum word count of 2,000 words and remember that this competition is for stories written for reading out so bear this in mind when you are writing. The closing date for entries is Wednesday 22 October.

Hand in your entry at any Bath & North East Somerset Council library attaching an entry form, these are available at all libraries, or submit it on the Word in Your Ear website at http://www.awordinyourear.org.uk.

There is also information on the library events web page at http://www.bathnes.gov.uk.