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Mace & Jones Short Story Competition

Mace & Jones Company LogoLiverpool Law Firm, Mace & Jones, Launches £500 Short-Story Competition In Aid Of Charity

Leading North West law firm, Mace & Jones, is launching a prize short story competition to coincide with Liverpool’s year as European Capital of Culture.

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Martin Edwards talking about the Mace and Jones Short Story Competition on BBC Radio Merseyside 6th August 2008.

Mace & Jones, who have offices in Liverpool, Manchester and Knutsford in Cheshire, have long had literary connections. Two previous senior partners, Brian Fraser Harrison and Barrie Marsh, published books and, more recently, Martin Edwards has published non-fiction books, edited and contributed to short story anthologies and written highly acclaimed crime fiction novels, including his much loved Lake District Mysteries and the ever popular Harry Devlin novels, which returned in May with Martin’s latest book, Waterloo Sunset (Alison & Busby).

Martin said, ‘I am delighted that Mace & Jones will be making such a meaningful contribution to the Capital of Culture celebrations. The short story is a marvellous literary form, and we are proud to help promote it.’

The competition has a maximum word count of 3,000 words and entry fees of £10 will be going to a charity supported by Mace & Jones, Local Solutions, which helps meet the needs of vulnerable young people across the city.

Open to entrants of any age, whether they are published authors or beginners, the prizes on offer range from first prize of £500, second prize £250, third prize £150 and fourth, £100.

The theme of the short story is “Justice” and all entries should be typed, indented, double-spaced and written in Size 12 Times New Roman font. The entry deadline for the competition is August 31st, 2008, and further details can be obtained from Mace & Jones’ Marketing Manager, Samantha Kinnear, on  Entries can be submitted by Email in Micro Soft Word or Adobe Acrobat PDF format via the Mace & Jones Website,, or by standard post to: Samantha Kinnear, Mace & Jones, Drury House, 19 Water Street, Liverpool, L2 0RP. Cheques and Postal Orders should be made payable to Mace & Jones and please include a Self Addressed Postcard with all postal entries to receive notification of receipt of entry.
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Rules of Entry

  1. The theme of the short story is “Justice” and should be suitable for family readership.
  2. The fee is £10 per entry. All entry fees will be donated to charity – Local Solutions.
  3. Open to entrants of any age and both published and unpublished authors.
  4. One entry per person. Short stories must be no longer than 3,000 words, must be typed, indented, double-spaced and in Times New Roman font size 12. Entries should be in English. (If sending electronically, entries must be in Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat PDF).
  5. Entries can be submitted by Email via Mace & Jones’ website, or by standard post to: Samantha Kinnear, Mace & Jones, Drury House, 19 Water Street, Liverpool L2 0RP. Cheques and Postal Orders should be made payable to Mace & Jones. If you require notification of receipt of entry, please include a self addressed postcard with all postal entries.
  6. All entries must contain the following information: author’s name, address and contact details. Please also state where you heard about this competition.
  7. Entries cannot be returned to entrants so please retain a copy.
  8. Entries that do not comply with the rules will be disqualified and entry fees will not be returned.
  9. Copyright remains with the author but it is a condition of entry that Mace & Jones retains the right to reproduce winning stories without charge for six months after the announcement of winners.
  10. Current employees of Mace & Jones, Artemis or Chris High are not eligible to enter the competition. The judging panel will be chaired by Martin Edwards. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  11. Closing date is 31st August 2008.
  12. Prizes: First prize £500, Second Prize £250, Third Prize £150 and Fourth Prize £100. No alternative prizes will be offered.
  13. All successful entrants will be notified in November 2008.

Martin EdwardsAbout Martin Edwards:

Martin Edwards – author of the highly acclaimed Harry Devlin and Lake District Mystery crime novels – was born at Knutsford, Cheshire in 1955 and educated in Northwich and at Balliol College, Oxford University, taking a first class honours degree in law. He trained as a solicitor in Leeds and moved to Liverpool on qualifying in 1980. He published his first legal article at the age of 25 and his first book, about legal aspects of buying a business computer at 27, becoming a partner in the firm of Mace and Jones in 1984. He is married to Helena with two children (Jonathan and Catherine) and lives in Lymm. Martin is a member of the Murder Squad (see the Links section) collective of crime writers and is chairman of the nominations sub-committee for the Crime Writers Association Diamond Dagger (crime writing's most prestigious award). In 2007 he was appointed the Archivist of the Crime Writers Association. In addition to crime fiction, Martin has written several non-fiction books and has contributed to several anthologies, both as editor and writer of short stories. Martin’s latest novel, Waterloo Sunset, is now available from Amazon and all good book shops.

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Mace & Jones Company LogoAbout Mace & Jones:

At Mace & Jones your needs come first. Our specialist solicitors, with offices in Liverpool, Manchester and Knutsford, provide a wide range of legal services.

We work with businesses, the public sector and individuals, using a straightforward and friendly approach. Each of our departments have expert teams to deal with issues such as sales and acquisitions of businesses and properties, employment contracts and employment tribunals, equal opportunities, dispute resolution, mediation and intellectual property. We can provide the experts you need, from property solicitors to divorce solicitors to help achieve your objectives.

Mace & Jones is recognised as a law firm of quality and experience and our aim is to build long-term relationships with our clients, to provide a personal and cost-effective service. Our job satisfaction comes from achieving the best results for our clients.


Local Solutions Company LogoAbout Local Solutions:

LOCAL SOLUTIONS is a leading social enterprise in the North West of England, which was established in 1974.

We have a proven track record of improving the quality of life for vulnerable and excluded people in the region through the following programmes: 

·  Anti-bullying helpline
·  Domestic violence helpline
·  Carers support
·  Mental health support
·  Training programmes
·  Dyslexia project
·  Home insulation
·  Handyman service
·  Employment preparation for disabled people
·  Homecare
·  Early Years provision
·  Supporting young homeless people
·  Outdoor pursuits
·  Conference facilities
·  Care Training
·  Shopmobility service
·  Welfare Rights service
·  Watersports centre

Since 1997 we have held ‘Investors in People’ accreditation, and have demonstrated our commitment to maintaining this standard by providing training to both staff and volunteers in all of our projects.


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