Music, Song and Dance – Come to the cabaret!

Calling all budding writers! Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Library Service wants to hear your short stories!

Bath Central Library.
Bath Central Library.

Following a successful short story competition last year, the Council’s Library Service is once again partnering up with A Word in Your Ear and Kilter Theatre, for the Library Service Annual Short Story Competition 2015.

This year’s theme is Cabaret. You can interpret the theme in any way you wish, but please remember when writing your story that it is specifically for reading out loud so your narrative will need to keep the interest of the audience. The word limit is 2,000 words and entry is FREE.

Prizes include book tokens and tickets to Bath’s Theatre Royal for the two winning stories written by writers new to the Story Fridays events. Story Fridays is a popular and regular spoken word event featuring local writers reading stories written to a theme.

The winnings entries will be read out at Story Fridays, at Burdall’s Yard, 7a Anglo Terrace, Bath on the evening of Friday 13th November. If you are a winner you can read the story out yourself or alternatively have one of the actors at Kilter Theatre read it out for you. It is, however, a requirement of entry that winners will be there in person.

The competition, which is open to anyone aged 18 or over, is now open for submissions. The closing date is Friday 23rd October.

Cllr Martin Veal (Conservative, Bathavon North), Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for aspiring local writers to share their work with a larger audience. Each year the judges are impressed by the standard of entries received.”

Cllr Martin Veal
Cllr Martin Veal

You may submit your story on the A Word in Your ear website: or send it in by email to .

Alternatively you can pop it into any of our libraries in Bath and North East Somerset. Entries need to be accompanied by an entry form which can be picked up from any of our libraries or downloaded from our Library Service website:

Those who need help writing their stories can attend a writing workshop hosted by June Wentland and Clare Reddaway at Bath’s Central Library on October 3. Booking is essential as places are limited. For further information and to book your place visit:

For further information log on to the Library Service Events and Activities pages on