altIf, when you’re not playing your beloved bingo, you’re a budding author in the making, you might find an unusual publisher for your next novel. Mecca Bingo are seeking naughty short stories from their fans, so whether you’re a Fifty Shades of Grey fan, a Mills and Boon enthusiast, or more of a Pride and Prejudice devotee, why not take a closer look? The land-based and online UK bingo brand has launched a saucy, short story competition on their website called ‘Hot Under the Collar,’ as part of their Satisfaction search for the next big name in ‘racy writing.’ They’re recommending a ‘cheeky’ writing style rather than ‘filth,’ so don’t get too carried away while you’re penning your prose or you might just melt their email system when you send it over!

Stories should be no more than 750 words in length, and the winning entry will be publishing in a forthcoming copy of the bi-monthly Mecca Bingo magazine which is available to buy from Mecca’s land-based clubs for £1. Selected content is also published on the Mecca Bingo website.

Not only will the winning author’s work be published in Issue Four  of their mag which is due out in September 2013, but they’ll also scoop a Kindle Fire 32GB (worth £199) and a VIP night out at their nearest Mecca club for their efforts or vouchers to use to play online. This top prize package will be awarded to whoever the brand crowns their National winner, but there will also be five regional winners (South East, South West, Scotland, Midlands and Wales, and North of England) who will each receive runners-up rewards of a Kindle Fire.

Competition entries must be submitted by email before 1.55pm on Monday, 15th July 2013 to either the email address or the postal address listed on their website.

The local press in County Durham recently spoke to the general manager of Mecca Hartlepool – Gavin Lee – who believes that many bingo-lovers will feel inspired by the likes of 21st century romance novels like Fifty Shades, and hopes they will “put pen to paper.” He added that Mecca’s team “can’t wait to read the short stories” that are submitted, and hopes “they won’t have [the staff] blushing too much.”

Do we have any aspiring writers among our readers? If so, will you be entering this exciting competition? Perhaps you think your short story should have a bingo-love theme? Alternatively, if you can’t write for toffee, why not tell us what your favourite romance novel of all time is and why?

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