Marie is a part-time teacher and full-time daydreamer. Originally from an ex-mining town in Yorkshire, Marie now lives near Bristol with her family. She’s had stories published by @Flash500, PaperBound, Paper Lanterns and WriteMentor Magazine. Her unpublished middle grade novel won the Local Prize at the Wells Literary Festival in 2021. One day, she hopes to see her children's stories on shelves in libraries, schools and bookshops.
I am an independent children’s author and I have written and published nine children’s books through my own imprint, Tomser Cat Books (named after my three children, Tom, Seren and Catrin).
I am the mother of two amazing children and lucky enough to live a stone's throw from the beach on the beautiful East Devon Coast, in the South West of England. Having graduated with a BA Hons in History and English Literature, I later qualified as a Primary School teacher and have spent most of my working life teaching within special schools and pre-schools. I have loved writing since I was a child and always dreamt of having my stories published one day. Following a land mark birthday a few years ago I began to focus more seriously on my writing, predominantly writing for children. I was thrilled to reach the long-list in the recent Writing Magazine Children's Chapter Book Competition and continue to pursue my dream of becoming a published author one day. In my spare time I enjoy reading, trips to the cinema and theatre, painting furniture, home styling and spending time at the beach, which is a constant source of inspiration to me.
|GAVIN EUGENE O’TOOLE
Gavin Eugene O'Toole is a journalist in London. He writes fiction and has won a number of competitions. His first novel, Molly Path, a story for young adults, will be published in August. He is married with three children.
CHILDREN’S SHORT STORY SUBMISSION
This is an open competition for a short story, with no restriction on the subject matter.
The competition is open to people of 18 years and older.
Only one entry per payment is permitted.
Competition is open internationally.
Entries must be in English.
Entries must be between 1,800 and 2,200 words in length . Entries outside this word count will not be permitted and will be automatically rejected and be formatted: 12pt, double-spaced or 1.5 spaces, Times New Roman.
Entries must be the original work of the author and must not have been previously published either in writing or electronically. Entries which have received awards in other competitions are also ineligible.
Only short stories will be accepted. Poetry and prose entries are inadmissible.
The author’s name and details should only appear on the accompanying e-mail. Please ensure that the title is clearly marked at the top of the entry and each page thereafter. The author’s name must NOT appear on the entry submitted, only on the e-mail accompanying the piece.
Entries will be accepted until midnight 1 MAY. Entries received after this date will not be considered.
The judges’ decision is final and Wexford Literary Festival will not enter into correspondence concerning the judging or merits awarded. The onus is on the author to ensure that their entry complies with the rules of the competition
Entries should be submitted electronically only. Hard copies will not be admissible
Shortlisted writers will be invited to attend the award ceremony on Friday 3rd July 2020 , however all expenses incurred will be the writer’s own.
While copyright of the shortlisted story will remain with the author, Wexford Literary Festival reserves the right to arrange the first publication and broadcast of the selected works. The right to use the stories to further publicise this award is also retained by Wexford Literary Festival. Shortlisted authors will agree to have their photograph taken and used for publicity purposes by Wexford Literary Festival.
The entry fee of 10 euro must be paid via our online payment system. IF it is not in your entry name, in your email with your story state the name of the person or the organisation/business that is paying so that accounts can be reconciled.