Last chance to submit your short story entries

Vixen 101's Julie Barker
Vixen 101's Julie Barker

There are just a few days to go before the closing date for the Vixen 101 Telling Tales – Pocklington Post short story competition and the organisers are urging young writers to submit their entries.

The competition, which has an open theme for stories up to 1,000 words, has been created to mark the launch of the monthly creative writing show, Telling Tales, which is presented by Julie Barker on Vixen 101 community radio. Entries are invited from writers in East Yorkshire, in two categories: the under-16s and 16+. Prizes include having work broadcast on the radio and published in the Pocklington Post. Vouchers are also offered by Burnby Hall Gardens. Full details about the competition, which closes next Tuesday, can be found at

Meanwhile, the July edition of the programme devotes special attention to the number of creative writing competitions currently open to local writers. They include one by York charity Sash, the Northern Crime Writing Competition, and a new contest, which will be launched later this month all about Hull, by East Yorkshire author Val Wood.

Telling Tales also includes an interview with York-based Helen Cadbury, who sets some of her stories in East Yorkshire. Julie said: “It is fascinating to meet people who are making a success of their writing and, each month, I find out top tips to help other local writers. I am also keen to attract stories and my current invitation is to ask people to write 500 words on the theme of message in a bottle.”

Telling Tales will be broadcast at 4pm this Saturday on 101.8FM, online at and via mobile phones. It will then be available online to download. Email Julie with any stories at