Deadline countdown

Our pleas for mercy seem to have fallen on deaf ears as the entries for the equestrian short story competition are now pouring in.

Sam at Haynet and I are going to have a huge task trying to pick a winner from the incredibly professional submissions we have seen so far.

It’s not too late though if you haven’t got around to writing your entry yet, the competition doesn’t close until the 11th of August, so still time if you decide to put pen to paper, or fingers on keyboards as it is more likely to be now.

Here’s the competition details again:-



Have you always dreamed of being an equestrian author? Do you want to help equestrian charities including World  Horse Welfare? Are you a budding Jilly Cooper or the new Dick Francis? Well here is your chance to enter your story in a new Equestrian Short Story Competition sponsored by Haynet and Lavender & White Equestrian Publishing.  This could be the start of a new chapter in your life writing fiction in the equestrian world.

The judges are looking for equestrian themed short stories of approximately 6,000 words long accompanied by a 500 word synopsis. Entrants can let their imagination run wild as long as the subject matter has an equestrian theme. The sponsors would like to see stories that have an equestrian background rather solely about just being a horse. Maybe a crime novel set in the horse world or perhaps a fantasy novel or an equestrian Harry Potter? How about an equestrian romance which is ideal for the Jilly Cooper addicts!

The winning story will have their story published in a form of an e-book which can be purchased and downloaded by the public with donation going to the wonderful equine charities including  World Horse Welfare. The winner will also receive a fantastic Haynet hoody. Two runners up will also have their stories published.

Judges, Lavender & White Equestrian Publishing have a wealth of publishing knowledge and experience in equestrian journalism spanning decades. Haynet is a well-known equestrian blogging network with members from all over the world writing about their lives with horses.

Submissions to The Equestrian Short Story Competition 2014 will be accepted from Tuesday 13th May 2014  and will run for three months giving author’s time to pen, edit and proof read their equine stories. The final deadline is 5pm (GMT) on Monday 11th August 2014.

Further details, plus terms and conditions can be found at Please submit your entry by email to

For more details please contact Samantha Hobden from Haynet via email: or Jacqueline Smalley from Lavender and White Equestrian Publishing on