Love writing? Love the Boro? We want to hear your stories! 
By fmttm
Monday 19 Aug 2019 17:38:00
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Storytelling is at the heart of every community and at the start of this new football season Sixth Element Publishing is looking for the best Boro stories to publish in a new anthology.

The We Are Boro Short Story Competition is free to enter and will be judged by three ardent Boro supporters: Dave Brown – Manager of WH Smith Teesside Park, Rob Nichols – editor of Boro Fanzine Fly Me To The Moon, and Yvonne Ferguson – Head of Supporter Services at Middlesbrough Football Club.

Yvonne said: “I’m so excited to be a judge and looking forward to reading everyone’s stories. We love working closely with our supporters, and this is a great chance for them to tell their stories.”

The competition is looking for stories of up to 3,000 words that can be non-fiction true life stories, creative non-fiction where real life is fictionalised, or total fiction of any genre such as scifi, fantasy or chicklit.

Rob said: “It’s great for the town and the football club to have a place where we can showcase longer stories and show the immense creativity we have here in Middlesbrough and Teesside.”

The judges’ twenty favourite short stories will be published in an anthology by Sixth Element Publishing and will be on sale in time for Christmas this year at WH Smith Teesside Park.

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Dave, author of Oh What Fun It Is, a collection of away day stories, added: “We always love hearing the fans’ stories. This is a brilliant opportunity to work with a publisher to get your stories edited professionally and published in a book that will be a great addition to every Boro fan’s bookcase.”

Sixth Element Publishing, which is based in Billingham, work with writers of all ages to help them publish their books. Recent releases include historical adventure The Wild Drover by 82-year-old Ken Braithwaite of Stokesley, Rosie’s Diary – a children’s book by Anne Fothergill, author of Memoirs of A Nazareth House Girl, Jesus Today by Michael Wright of Middlesbrough, Mouse’s Story by Paul Corking of Redcar, Smuggler’s Moon by award-winning author, Christine King of Stockton. Sixth Element also work with children to help them publish their stories, and worked with Nunthorpe Academy last year on their My Story project. They also run the short story competitions for the Crossing the Tees Book Festival and the WRITE Festival each year.

This year’s We Are Boro competition is for over 16s only, but a kids’ competition is planned for next year, along with writing workshops in the community.

Gillie Hatton of Sixth Element said: “We want to include everyone so next year we’ll be launching a kids’ competition with an anthology to be released before the end of the season. If anyone under 16 wants to send in their story now, please do, mark it Kids’ competition and we’ll save it for next year.”

More details on the competition are online at Gillie will be hanging out in the family zone at the Millwall match on Saturday 24th August if anyone would like a chat about writing, short stories or the competition. The deadline for entries to the competition is midnight on the 30th September 2019.



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