John le Carré is famous for writing dazzling novels about the contemporary world – whether he is writing about the Cold War in the 1960s, the ‘War on Terror’ in the early twenty-first century and, today, in Our Kind of Traitor; a story that could have come straight out of Wikileaks.

Penguin Books in collaboration with the Daily Telegraph are inviting anyone in the UK between 16-18 years old to write a short story that reflects the contemporary world. It can be any genre and – like all of le Carré’s fiction, should reflect the contemporary world. The word limit is 2000 words.

Penguin’s fiction editors will compile a shortlist of the best entries, and
John le Carré will pick the winner.

The winning story will be published in the Daily Telegraph and on the Penguin website.

The winner will receive a signed limited edition of le Carré’s recent novel, Our Kind of Traitor, along with ten Penguin paperbacks at a special prize-giving event at the winner’s school or sixth form college.

The prize will be presented by John le Carré at the college or school attended by the winner.

The winning school or Sixth Form College will receive the full Penguin Decades collection – 20 classic novels from the last four decades.

If you would like more information about this competition please click here.

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