Saki Short Story Competition supported by Broomhill Estate

Saki is the pen name of Hector Hugh Munro a short story writer

Saki is the pen name of Hector Hugh Munro - a short story writer who could be said to bridge the gap between Oscar Wilde and Roald Dahl - Credit: The Friends of Manning's Pit

The Friends of Manning's Pit are ‘thrilled’ to announce that Broomhill Estate is donating two prizes for their Saki Short Story Competition.

“This competition is open to anyone, and thus far has received entries from Africa, India, the USA, France, Ireland, Scotland and many parts of the UK,” said Katie Martin from the competition organising team.

“We are funding the prizes ourselves (the first prize is £500) and this generous support from Broomhill Estate enables us to add two prizes for local people as well; one for residents of North Devon, and one for those who live in Pilton and Bradiford, the villages closest to Manning's Pit and the place where the short story writer Saki grew up.”

Broomhill Estate, with its art hotel and sculpture gardens, is only about two miles north of Manning's Pit, and the small river known as Bradiford Water winds its way through both locations.

Christine Lovelock, chair of the group, added: “We hope this competition reminds people of how important Saki was as a writer, and also of what a cultural and landscape asset the Bradiford Valley is for the town of Barnstaple, and North Devon.”

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Now under the ownership by Frictionless Fine Arts, Broomhill Estate is entering a new chapter and will build on the reputation honed over the past 24 years by continuing and expanding its mission to support the arts and the environment.

 Frictionless founder and CEO Alex F. Kleiner III explained: “We have a bold and innovative vision to evolve Broomhill Estate as a sanctuary for fine arts including sculpture, fine art, literature, theatre, music, food and cinema.

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“We want to evolve the estate in symbiosis with the local ecosystem and landscape, preserving ancient forests, protecting the waters and treating the landscape with the respect it deserves.

“North Devon is outstanding by nature and her beauty must be preserved as a matter or priority. Manning’s Pit is of paramount importance to the community and to the landscape and it must be preserved. We are honoured to be part of the mission to save Manning’s Pit.”

The competition closing date is June 30. Full entry details are found on

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