Win A VIP Day Out For Four At The Races In Short Story Competition

The La Scala Studios short story competition includes a VIP day out at the races for the best entry with a racing theme. Judge of this section is John Fairley, Executive Producer at Channel Four Racing and author of the Art of the Horse.
By: La Scala Studios
March 28, 2010 - PRLog -- The La Scala Studios short story competition is split into four sections, one of which is for stories with a racing theme.  The prize in this section is a VIP day out for the winner and up to three guests.  Stories must be no longer than 2000 words. Deadline for entry is 15 May.

The winner of the VIP racing day out may choose any of the following racecourses – Doncaster, Folkestone, Lingfield Park, Royal Windsor, Southwell, Worcester or Wolverhampton on a date of their choice*.  The prize includes a 3-course lunch or dinner with a bottle of champagne in one of Arena's premiere viewing restaurants, with a table for the day, racecards, premiere badges and car parking. The winner’s party will also be offered a visit to the paddock with a racecourse executive and a mini behind the scenes tour of the weighing room and pre-parade room where they might get to chat with the jockeys.

Continuing the racing theme, a day out at Beverley racecourse is one of the prizes in the competition’s Yorkshire residents’ section.

In addition, the competition has an open section with cash prizes, and a Pony Club section with equestrian prizes.

Competition judge for other than the racing section is award winning Yorkshire-based crime writer, Penny Grubb.  Another award winning author and writing coach, Linda Acaster, is offering discounted critiques to entrants.

Competition organiser, Pippa Ireland, has arranged free day passes for all 30 competition winners to the European Pony Championships in July where there will be an official prize-giving and a chance to meet the competition judges and sponsors.

Schedule, rules and entry form can be downloaded from or email

Photo: Weronika Dziok


Overall winners
1st prize - £200
2nd prize - £100
3rd prize - £50

Other prizes include La Scala Studios vouchers

Overall competition sponsor is La Scala Studios –

Yorkshire section

First prize – signed hardback first edition of Like False Money by Penny Grubb and a family day out at the Great Yorkshire Show 13 -15 July 2010.

Other prizes:
•   a day at Beverley races;
•   a signed set of three books from best-selling Yorkshire crime writer, Danuta Reah;
•   a Border Collie lover’s gift pack (which includes mousemat, coasters, notecards, glass paperweight, fridge magnet and key ring) from renowned UK artist Susan Alison featuring ‘Good Morning, Morning’ one of her best-selling images;
•   and many more

Sponsors in this section include:
•   Great Yorkshire Show –
•   Susan Alison Art –
•   Danuta Reah, author –
•   Beverley Races –  
•   Penny Grubb, author –
•   La Scala Studios –

The best story with a racing theme

Will win a VIP day out at the races for four to include a champagne lunch and a tour of the paddock.

Sponsor: Racing for Change –

Pony Club section

First prize: a Derby House Samber saddle or equivalent up to a retail value of £500 together with an Oliver Townend autographed saddle cloth.

Other prizes:
•   a Jeffries English leather bridle,
•   a weekend pass to the Bramham International horse trials 3rd – 6th June 2010,
•   saddlery vouchers
•   insurance vouchers;
•   saddle cloths;
•   baseball caps; a polo lessons;
•   and many more.

Sponsors in this section include:
•   Derby House Ltd –
•   Bramham international horse trials –
•   E Jeffries of Walsall –
•   Dengie Feeds –
•   Equest Wormers -
•   Master Saddler, Patrick Wilkinson of Beverley -
•   Oliver Townend, Eventer –
•   Shearwater Insurance -
•   White Rose Polo Club  -
•   Karina Hawkridge at Interdressage –
•   William Fox-Pitt –

* (VIP day out at the races excludes Doncaster's Ladbrokes St Leger Festival, Lingfield's Sportingbet Winter Derby Sat 20 March, or Totesport Derby Trial Sat 8 May)

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About La Scala Studios: La Scala Studios are East Yorkshire's premier equestrian photographers.
About John Fairley: John Fairley is Executive Producer at Channel Four Racing and author of the Art of the Horse
About Penny Grubb: Penny Grubb is an award winning crime writer and current Chair of the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society.
About Linda Acaster: Linda Acaster is an award winning author and writing coach.
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