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700 Words for 700 Years of Mayoralty

Have you ever imagined being the Mayor of Congleton and all the adventures you would get up to? Could you share your adventure in just 700 words? As part of Congleton celebrating 700 Years of Mayoralty, a 700 word short story competition was launched on Wednesday 24th January, the day Their Royal Highnesses visited Congleton, and runs until Monday 9th April.

The short story competition is being run by Congleton Town Council in conjunction with Congleton Library and entrants are asked to write no more than 700 words around the adventures of a Mayor of Congleton. This can be mythical mystical, thriller, comedy, historic, present day, futuristic or anything you choose your Mayor to experience. The stories will be judged by a panel of Congleton judges, including local author John Lindley and local children’s author and illustrator Steven Lenton.

There are three categories; Primary School, Secondary School and Adults (16+). Each category will be awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes. The winning stories will be published on the Congleton Town Council website and displayed in Congleton Library.

Congleton Town Council Mayor Cllr Charles Booth said “I think that a writing competition, inclusive of all the ages is a great idea and to tie in with the 700 Years of Mayoralty project is even better! I’m sure there are many adventures that the Mayor of Congleton could experience and I look forward to viewing the entries.”

Entry forms can be picked up from Congleton Chronicle Office, Congleton Library, Congleton Tourist Information Centre and Shakeeze Milkshake Shop or downloaded here: 700 Words Short Story Competition Entry Form. Entries will be judged on the following criteria; originality, plot, characterisation, language and enjoyment of the story. There is a £1 entry fee which will go towards the Town Mayor’s Charities, which this year is supporting youth groups and projects in Congleton.

The winners will be announced at the 700 Mayor’s Charity Sprint Triathlon Event on Sunday 22nd April in Congleton Park. The winners will be notified beforehand.

Reminder: The closing date for entries is 5.00pm on Monday 9th April 2018.  Completed forms and a hard copy of the story must be handed in to staff at Congleton Library. Hard copies will be kept, so make sure to keep an original for yourself as well.