Competition Rules and Conditions of Entry


Your entry may be of any genre provided that at least some aspect of the Malton & Driffield Railway is included the story and the Yorkshire Wolds region is mentioned or described.

There is a wealth of information, reference material and photographs available on our website, in the excellent book “The Malton & Driffield Junction Railway” by the late Warwick Burton and in our visitor centre; do come and visit us.

The competition is open to anyone.

Entries must be no longer than 1500 words.

Entries should be typed in a clear font, no smaller than 10pt and no larger than 14pt, with either 1.5 or double line spacing.

Entries must be the original work of the entrant, written in English, must not have been previously published or broadcast, must not previously have won a competition prize and must not be concurrently entered for another competition.

Multiple entries are welcomed and may be shortlisted for inclusion in the anthology but note that no entrant can win more than one prize.

The organisers reserve the right to alter details of the competition if necessary.  Please refer to the competition web-site for the latest information.

How to submit

You may submit your entries by email or by post.

Please download an entry form here.

Entries are just £2 each.  However, if you would like to include an additional donation for the railway with your submission we would greatly appreciate it.

Entries should be submitted to arrive on or before 6pm on Monday 31 October 2016.  Entries received after this point will not be eligible.

Each entry should include a cover page that contains your name and contact details (address, telephone number and/or email address) plus the title of your story and the word count. Please include your age if you are under 16.  Do not put your name on the story itself, but do make sure that the title is on every page.

If you are submitting your story/-ies by email:

Use “SS Competition” + your title as the subject of your email

Attach your story as a Word file (.doc, .docx) or Adobe Portable Document (.PDF) file.  You can attach the cover page as a separate document or use the body of the email.

Submit your entries to  Please send a separate email and attachment for each entry.

If you are submitting by post:

Post your entries with a cheque to:
Fimber Halt, Beverley Road, Fimber, East Riding of Yorkshire  YO25 3HG.
Multiple entries may be included in the same envelope but each must be accompanied by its own cover sheet.  Please ensure you use the correct postage.

No alterations can be made to a story once it has been submitted.

Entries cannot be returned, so please keep a copy.


You can pay for your entry/-ies and optional donation by:

Cheque payable to “Yorkshire Wolds Railway” – please write “SS Competition” and the number of entries you are paying for on the back, or download and complete an entry form from our website. Include this with your postal entry;

or by PayPal via our Online Shop here.

Select “Short Story Competition Entry Fee” and adjust the quantity for the number of entries you intend to submit. After paying, please put the PayPal transaction reference on your cover sheet/email.  To provide us with a kind donation, please go to our donation site and follow the instructions.

or by PayPal directly:

Login to PayPal, enter your total fee (including any additional donation), select ‘Pay for goods and Services’, use as the email address and enter “SS Competition” in the special notes box. After paying, please put the PayPal transaction reference on your cover sheet/email.

Winners and Anthology

Entries will be shortlisted and from these at least three prizes will be awarded depending on the number of entries received. Details of prizes will be announced, check the website for the latest information.

The winner of the competition and runners up will be announced at a prize-giving ceremony sometime after the closing date – date and venue will be announced nearer the time.  The organisers encourage all entrants to attend the ceremony if possible.

The decision of the judge(s) is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

The winner of the competition will receive £100, two runners-up £50 each and the winning entry may also be published on our website.  Additional prizes may be announced.

After the winning entries have been announced, an anthology of shortlisted entries will be published.  Additional contributions to the anthology may be invited.

Copyright remains with the author, but the organisers reserve the right to publish and publicise the winning entries online or in print after the results have been announced and to print, reprint or publish in electronic or audio form the anthology in full or in part as desired.

Winners may be asked to be photographed and interviewed for publicity purposes.