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Enter the Sceptre Loves Short Story competition

To celebrate the publication of How Much the Heart Can Hold, a collection of seven short stories written by seven award-winning authors exploring different concepts of love, we are launching Sceptre Loves, a short story competition. We’re looking for a story based on any sort of love: from obsessive to platonic, unrequited to all-consuming. Entries will be sent via, for more information read the terms and conditions here.

Entries must be between 5,000 and 10,000 words, and submitted before the 14th February 2017. The competition will be judged by Lucy Luck, literary agent at Aitken Alexander Associates, Chris White, fiction buyer at Waterstones, and Emma Herdman, senior editor at Sceptre.

The winning entry will be published in the paperback edition of the book, and the author awarded £150 and a two hour consultation about their work with Emma Herdman, who has worked in the fiction buying team at Waterstones, at Curtis Brown literary agency and is now Senior Editor at Sceptre.

The winner will be announced at a special prize giving evening in March at Waterstones Tottenham Court Road.