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See YOUR short story in print and win £100

Are you a budding author? Have you already written a short story and want to see it published? Is there the spark of an idea for a fab little tale igniting in your mind just waiting to get out?


The Express & Star is giving you the chance to see your work in print – and collect £100 in the process.

We're launching a short story writing competition where budding authors can send in their tales.

Read the first story here

Every week we'll pick one story to be published in the paper. And from the stories that have been published, once a month, we will pick a winner who will get a prize of £100.

Each story must be between 1,000 and 1,200 words long. It can be about absolutely anything: love, life, work, relationships, family, friends, crime, action, adventure, travel, horror or science-fiction.

Your tale can be set in the past, present or even the future, locally or in a foreign country or even outer space.

You may want to base your story on a real-life experience or even something you really wish would happen to you.

Express & Star editor Keith Harrison said: "We really want to highlight the creative writing talent in the Black Country and Staffordshire. I've been on creative writing courses myself in the past and I'm sure we've got some real gems out there."

We will be looking for an imginative and orginal story, with interesting characters. It's a tough task in a short story but we want a tale that will grab the reader's attention.

Our first story is by David Lowbridge, aged 32, who lives in Wednesbury, and is deputy head teacher at Barr Beacon School in Aldridge.

David Lowbridge

Mr Lowbridge said: "This was based on real people I've seen and interacted with on my own journeys on public transport. I've always believed everyone has a story to tell, even on those day to day trips when they're lost in thought. If people talked to each other, instead of maintaining the silence of strangers, they might actually find they have a lot in common."

So if you've got an idea and fancy being in with a chance of getting your short story published and winning £100, then get writing today.

Send your story, including your name and daytime telephone number, either by email to or by post to Lisa Williams, Express & Star, 51-53 Queen Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1ES.

Good luck!

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