The Friends of Manning's Pit


Saki Short Story Competition


Saki as a boy

Hector Hugh Munro
1881
  aged 8 or 9

"He loved above all, the woodlands and the wild things in them,
especially the birds."

Rothay Reynolds.
Hector's friend, talking about Munro's childhood.




Your Story

Your story doesn't have to be in the style of Saki, or about Manning's Pit, but it needs to have a spark of originality or wit, and something relevant to the countryside and its wildlife.

  Go to our web page about Saki for more inspiration about him.

For more about Manning's Pit, go to our main website page.


Entry Details

Story length: Maximum 3000 words.

Digital entries
Please send your story as an email attachment typed in Times New Roman or Arial, using .doc, .docx or .rtf format. The attached document should include the title of the story but there should be no information about your identity. 
Your name, address, and  telephone number must be in the body of the email along with the title of your story, and the payment method used.  The email address to which all entries must be sent is saki@manningspit.com   - this is also the email address to which any queries can be addressed.

Postal entries can be accepted. although if at all possible we would prefer digital entries. 
Please use A4 sheets of paper.  The stories should be typed in a 12pt easily read font (preferably Times New Roman or Arial) and double spaced, with each page numbered consecutively. The title must be at the top of each page.


Please post typed stories along with an entry form and payment  to:

Ms. C. Shaw, Saki Short Story Competition, 60 Windsor Road, Pilton, Barnstaple, Devon EX31 4AQ.


Payment Details and Judging

By cheque made out to Friends of Manning's Pit
and posted to Ms. C. Shaw, see address above

Or by Bank Transfer to:

The Friends of Manning's Pit Community  Bank Account
Sort Code 20-04-59  Bank Account Number 73964035
When paying by Bank Transfer please add the words Saki Short Story Competition
 to the payment details.

If you are entering from overseas and have any difficulties
 re payment methods, please email us, using the email address in the Entry details above.


The Judges will make their final decision by 30/09/2021.  Prize winners will be notified shortly afterwards by post and details will also be posted on our website

Please note: Copyright of the stories remains with their authors. Stories must be entirely your own work. We reserve the right to publish the prize winning stories on our website or in any publicity to promote The Friends of Manning’s Pit

Full Competition Rules


Hedge-sparrow on top of Saki's hat, by
                          Tim Saunders

Saki said

"My favourite plant is the
periwinkle,

my favourite animal is the
 kingfisher

 and my favourite bird is the
 hedge-sparrow."