Short Story Competition

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As part of National Novel Writing Month, Lincs Inspire Libraries are offering local writers and anyone interested in writing the unique opportunity of having their work made into a hand-crafted book. 

The competition entails entrants to complete and title a short ghost story written by Libraries Development Officer Lawrence Dunn. 

Knowing all too well the difficulties of writing a novel, we decided a short story competition would be the best way of inspiring and encouraging people to write during National Novel Writing Month. 

The short ghost story I started is a pastiche of the stories of MR James, with influences like Dracula by Bram Stoker and The Woman In Black by Susan Hill thrown in. 

We can't wait to see the competition entries that it hopefully inspires! 

Lawrence Dunn, Development Officer, Lincs Inspire and author of the incomplete Ghost Story

Entries should be emailed to with the subject line marked 'Ghost Story Competition' with name, surname and contact telephone number and a copy of the completed story attached as a Word document.

The closing date for entries is midnight on New Year’s Eve and the winner and top entrants will be notified by Monday 10th January.

All of the top entrants' work will also be published at and linked to from Lincs Inspire Libraries Facebook page. Good luck! 

Short Story So Far