Just spent the weekend reading through the entries that have come in so far for the equestrian short story competition that we are running in conjunction with Haynet. Wow! Can’t believe how good the entries are – it is going to be such a hard job picking one that stands out as a winner.

We are so impressed with the incredible amount of talent that just shines through in all of the entries. They are so well written and absolutely gripping from the first very first words. Each of the entries that have come in so far are so very different from each other, we have read fantasy, romance, children’s stories, crime and true life stories.

We would all like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has submitted entries so far and please – if you are thinking of writing a story and haven’t got around to it yet, please do. There is still time to get your entry into us. If you don’t know where to start, or how to structure your story, we’ve posted a few blogs over the past weeks that will help.

In case you’ve just joined Haynet, or just found the Lavender and White Equestrian Publishing site 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. We 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.  This could be the start of a whole new career for the writer of the winning story.

Submissions to The Equestrian Short Story Competition 2014 will be accepted up until the final deadline, 5pm (GMT) on Monday 11th August 2014.

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

Everyone at Lavender and White Equestrian Publishing feels so honoured to be able to be part of this competition and to hopefully raise much needed funds for equestrian charities including World Horse Welfare.