Hélène James was a writer, dancer, herbalist and homeopath. She was a vivid, humorous and generous person with a tremendous zest for life. She divided her time between the historic Welsh town of Laugharne, the city of Swansea and the beautiful Greek island of Alonissos. Hélène published two short stories in Shadow Plays (Cardigan: Parthian Press, 2010). On 8th September 2010 she died, too soon, in a car accident on Alonissos. Hélène should have had more years to come of writing, dancing, laughing. The joy of living one’s life to the full was her guiding idea. This competition was established to celebrate her life. Following the success of last year’s inaugural event, it has been decided that this should become an annual event.
Submissions should be a maximum of 2,200 words. The entry fee is £4 per story, and the closing date is 1 July 2013. The first prize is £100 and a bottle of champagne. Runners up will receive £50 and £25. Winners will be announced in September 2013.
Full details of competition rules and entry forms can be found here or write to the IHJ Short Story Competition, Green Plain, 185 St David's Rd, Letterston, Haverfordwest, SA62 5SS.
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