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Jiddy Vardy

Jiddy Vardy

Author(s): Ruth Estevez

Location(s): Robin Hood's Bay

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): 1700s

On tumultuous waters a girl is born as pirates board the ship…
Rescued at birth, Jiddy Vardy grows up in Robin Hood’s Bay, a community which harbours a dangerous secret that could get you killed.
Always the outsider, with her dark skin and hair, at sixteen, Jiddy is clever, brave and headstrong, soon risking her life and freedom to play her part in the Bay’s clandestine activities.
Then, just as romance blossoms and Jiddy finally feels like she belongs, figures from the past threaten to tear her world apart and she has to decide where her loyalties truly lie.

A thrilling tale of one girl’s search for identity and love, set against a backdrop of wild seas, smuggling and violence.

Inspired by Robin Hood’s Bay’s real life female smuggler, Jiddy Vardy.

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A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

2,500 word maximum, 750 word minimum

Judges include Victoria Hislop and Rosanna Ley

First Prize of £1,000 / US$1,350

Prizes total £1,750 / US$2,362 

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Entries close 6th November 2021