Spring Short Story Competition Open for Entries

We re pleased to announce that our third short story competition is open for entries. Entries to our previous competition grew significantly compared to our inaugural one. And we re expecting a lot of interest in the new one not least because of its theme and a certain event that it coincides with! The theme of this competition is The Wedding Gift . It can be interpreted any way you wish, but we do recommend you take heed of our judges advice following our previous competition: As a writer, it’s worth remembering that your first idea for a story may often be someone else’s too, so it might be a good idea to dig again more deeply for a different or more unusual idea? Here are the competition s rules and terms & conditions. They should all be self-explanatory. Not only is the competition FREE to enter (unlike many others) but you could also WIN a first prize of £250 or a runners up prize of £50! Please be aware that your entry must be received by midnight on Thursday 31st May 2018


“Open Banking” is coming your way but what does it mean?

Open Banking has been causing ripples, both across the fintech sector and in the news. Back in 2016, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) issued a ruling that requires the nine largest banks in the country to allow licensed startups direct access to their data. And with that the first step towards Open Banking was taken. The decision was a response to the dominance of established banking institutions in the UK Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds, Santander and Royal Bank of Scotland currently hold 80% of the market. The CMA believes that opening up this data to other companies, especially those looking to innovate in personal finance, will result in better deals for consumers. Why is Open Banking happening? Investigation by the CMA found that there was too little competition in the UK banking market. Those same big five banks dominate, each offering fairly similar products at much the same rates with little variation through which consumers could find better deals. We have stagnated as bank

Summer Short Story Competition Now Open

Our summer #shortstorycompetition is now open. No Entry Fee. £350 of prize money available, including a £200 winner s prize. Following the success of our winter competition we are now running one every 6 months. Here are the details of how to enter our summer 2017 competition. The theme this time is Coins something to get your head around! The deadline for your entry is 30 September. There was a great reaction to our first competition both in terms of the entries received and also the comments from readers about the winning works. Clearly the competition tapped into a rich vein of creativity, and we think there s even better to come. So, as it s free to enter and competitive prize money available why not give it a go? You ve got the whole summer to get your thoughts onto paper just make sure we receive your entry by 30th September. Good luck! Related Stories Winners of first short story competition announced