Your chance to follow in Hector Munro's footsteps

Picture of blue plaque for writer Hector Munro

The Blue Plaque on the wall of Hector Hugh Munro's childhood home in Bellaire, Pilton - Credit: Submitted

A new short story competition has been launched with the chance of winning £500. 

The Friends of Manning's Pit’s new literary venture is the Saki short story Competition. 

Saki’s real name was Hector Hugh Munro, whose stories satirized Edwardian society. 

He is especially famous for the stories that draw on childhood memories of the home in Pilton Barnstaple where he grew up under the care of his eccentric and sometimes terrifying Aunts.  

One of his most famous stories ‘Shredni Vashtar’ ends with the escape of a giant polecat ferret across a nearby little plank bridge over a small brook. There is a strong possibility that he was thinking of the Manning's Pit Bridge. 

Entry costs £5 (or £12 for three stories.) The First Prize is £500 and the short list will be judged by theatre and film director Sir Richard Eyre, scientist and author James Lovelock and Peter Christie, local historian, author and Mayor of Bideford. Entries close on June 30. 

Details on the website manningspit.com/saki/ or email manningspit@gmail.com or call 01271 376594. 

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