Waterstone's launches short story competition

<p>Waterstone&#39;s has launched a short story competition where the winner will get their work published in a forthcoming issue of the retailer&#39;s Books Quarterly magazine.</p><p>Details of the competition will be published in the next issue of the Books Quarterly on 14th April. </p><p>The retailer said it was seeking work that was &quot;small but perfectly formed&quot; with a deadline of 1st July for entries. </p><p>Books Quarterly editor Ed Wood said: &quot;We are looking for the best short story of 2,000 words or less. Entries may be in any genre or style, any subject, as long as they are punchy, original and imaginative. We want to be surprised.&quot;</p><p>The competition is being run in partnership with Macmillan and the Arvon Foundation, which provides creative writing courses. The winner will be published in the October issue of Books Quarterly. The piece will also be published at <a href="http://www.macmillannewwriting.com" target="_blank">www.macmillannewwriting.com</a>, <a href="http://www.arvonfoundation.org" target="_blank">www.arvonfoundation.org</a> and <a href="http://www.waterstones.com" target="_blank">Waterstones.com</a>.</p><p>The winner will also be invited to attend a lunch with Will Atkins, editorial director at Pan Macmillan, and author James McCreet to get advice on how to develop their writing career, and be given a place on a week-long course at Arvon, as well as &pound;200 of Pan Macmillan books of their choice. </p><p>The three best runners-up will receive written feedback on their entries and &pound;60 of Pan Macmillan books. Their work will also be published online.</p><p>The judging panel comprises Arvon Centre director Claire Berliner, Macmillan New Writing editorial director Will Atkins, Macmillan New Writing authors James McCreet, Ann Weisgarber and Brian McGilloway, as well as Waterstone&sbquo;s booksellers, representatives of Waterstone&sbquo;s, Waterstones.com and Books Quarterly.</p>