Crystal Decanter Competition 2016

This competition is open to all paid-up members of the VWC.  The stories should be no longer than 1500 words. The closing date is May 11th and the manuscripts must either must be handed in at the VWC meeting on that night or submitted by post to reach me by that date (send to Richard Bruckdorfer, Bailey Cottage, Whipsnade, LU6 2LG). All entries should be submitted with a pseudonym, hopefully an amusing one, which should be at the top of the first page along with the Title and Word Number (which includes the pseudonym, title and word count, all of which contribute to the total number of words) but not your real name.
The entries should be typed, double spaced and submitted in an A4 or A5 envelope. Within the envelope there should be enclosed a smaller envelope, sealed securely to ensure anonymity, which contains a slip of paper with your real name and pseudonym as well as the entry fee of £2.50. Cheques should be made payable to Verulam Writers Circle. The inclusion of the inner envelope is a condition of entry to the competition.
The competition will be adjudicated on the evening of June 8th at the VWC meeting when the prizes will be awarded for first, second and third places and the Crystal Decanter itself given for safe keeping to the winner until the following year. The entrant with the most inventive pseudonym will receive the Gnome de Plume award by popular acclaim.
The Theme of the Competition is Human Weaknesses.  Take one or more of the seven deadly sins: gluttony, sloth, lust, wrath, pride, envy and greed then weave a story to intrigue us all. It can be of any genre - romance, crime, zombie etc. But make the sin the centre of the story. Casual reference to it along the way will not be appreciated. You could take more than one sin, attach them to different characters and look at the consequences. Prizes will of course be awarded for excellent writing as well as relevance to the theme.
Good luck and enjoy the writing.