Wigtown based group Booktown Writers are delighted to announce the launch of their 2013 Short Story Competition. The judge this year is Sam Kelly, FHEA. Sam began her career as a literary agent in London, working for A. M. Heath, A. P. Watt and Sheil Land Associates, during which time she launched the careers of over 50 new writers. On moving to Scotland, she worked for The Scotsman Publications as a reviewer and a number of independent publishers as a freelance fiction editor, and mentored several emerging writers through the Scottish Book Trusts’ Mentoring Scheme. In 2009, she designed and launched Edinburgh Napier University’s MA in Creative Writing, a course which takes a uniquely professional approach to the training of aspiring writers. Described by The Times as “A radical departure in Creative Writing”, the MA programme is now in its fourth year.