Royden Tales

Hello, here you can find the rules and guidelines for the charity anthology, ‘Royden Tales’ to help raise money for ‘Friends of Royden Park’ on the Wirral.

Guidelines for Authors

Writing competition to raise money for ‘Friends of Royden Park


  1. Manuscripts will only be accepted in electronic form. Submission must contain: the manuscript; along with your name, address and contact details. All documents require to be double spaced in Word and each page numbered in sequential order.
  2. The closing date for entries is Midnight 28th February 2017.
  3. Entry is £10
  4. All submissions must adhere to the setting of Thurstaston Common and Royden park, The Royden family, Hillbark Hall and close surrounding area, so long as there is a connection to the above areas. You are encouraged to use the variety of myths and legends associated with this area in any genre.
  5. First prize is £50 and publication of their story in the anthology. The winner will be informed on 1st July and will receive their prize money at the exhibition at Royden Park August 26th. All other winners will each have their short story published in the anthology – ‘Royden Tales’. They can use this anthology in their own promotion of their work and we encourage authors to partake in promotion to sell the anthology ‘Royden Tales’.
  6. The entry must be a short story, in English, an original work of fiction, previously unpublished, and not more than 3,000 words.
  7. Authors may enter as many short stories as they wish, but each story entered is £10 and authors must be living at the time.


  1. The Royden Park Writing Competition aims to encourage good writing and judges are looking for a good quality manuscript in terms of style and content.
  2. Entrants must keep a copy of their manuscript as manuscripts will not be returned.
  3. In the unlikely event that no entry meets the judges’ satisfaction, prizes may be withheld.
  4. The judges’ decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
  5. Entrants will be required to co-operate in publicity activities related to the prizes and selected short stories. If possible, attend the art exhibition for an afternoon of talks on each story and meeting the authors.
  6. Entrants must be willing to have their script published in the anthology being published for the Royden Park exhibition to help raise monies for ‘The Friends of Royden Park’.
  7. While copyright will remain with the author, the Royden Park anthology will reserve permission to include the short story in the publications within its website and its other printed and electronic material
  8. The purpose of this competition is to bring forth the writing talents of people to raise money and awareness of Royden Park and Thurstaston Common. The charity, Friends of Royden Park will receive all monies from sales of both electric and print books.

Please send manuscripts to

£10 payment to at Paypal