Crystal Decanter 2017

The Crystal Decanter Competition 2017 
We live in a bewildering world – where we don’t always know who or what to believe. So the theme of this year’s short story competition is

This idea must feature strongly in your story – but it may have personal, political, sexual or any other meaning. The entries will be judged on the usual criteria of good writing, wit, strong detail, twists, psychology, description etc. 

The rules 
  • Entries must be no longer than 1000 words but can be shorter.

  • Each entry must be accompanied by a suitably awful pseudonym.

  • Each entry must be printed, single-sided and double spaced, on A4.

  • Your real name should not appear anywhere on, or with, the entry.

    • An entry fee of £2.50 must accompany all entries.
    • The closing date for the competition is:       Wednesday 3 May, 2017. You can either hand in your entry on the meeting for that date (or earlier) or post it to

    • Simon Bowden

      24 Hadleigh Court


      AL5 1SX
    • Posted entries must not arrive later than the closing date.
    • Entry is restricted to paid up members of the Verulam Writers Circle.

Adjudication will take place on Wednesday 31 May 2017 at St Michael’s Church Hall. We will aim to read out as many entries as possible – AFTER WHICH the three winners will be announced.

Good Luck!