Hello All Writers


Hampshire Writers’ Society is hosting A Series of Occasional Online Events for the 2020-21 season (online; free admission).

Look out for announcements of upcoming talks and competitions here on our site, in the newsletter, and on Social Media.

Hampshire Writers’ Society Event

Virtual meeting with Stuart White from WriteMentor
Tuesday 15th December 7.30pm GMT

Title: WriteMentor – Foundations and Evolution

A brief introduction to WriteMentor: it’s beginnings, it’s development and evolution, and what opportunities we have for writers now. There will be an opportunity for Q&A . 

Stuart is a writer and secondary school teacher, who has an undeterred passion for helping people, whether it’s his students at school, or the writers who have joined the WriteMentor community. He has a Masters Degree in Creative Writing and founded, and now runs, WriteMentor. In 2020 he was placed on the SCWBI Undiscovered Voices Longlist and named as an Honorary Mention for his novel GHOSTS OF MARS.
Stuart’s ethos focuses on making writing more accessible and affordable, something that is at the heart of everything he does and motivates him to make WriteMentor help as many people as possible. He makes sure WriteMentor is always open, warm and welcoming and, as a writer himself, he understands what you need to help pick you up as well as improve to take that next step in your career.

“May the Force be with you!”

Website: https://write-mentor.com
Twitter: @writementor
Facebook: WriteMentor

The login details to join Zoom Meeting, please contact Membership Secretary

This event is for registered members of the Hampshire Writers’ Society. Not a registered member? Contact Membership Secretary.

HWS November Children’s Story Competition 

Author, Veronica Cossanteli will be judging our Christmas competition..

In 300 words, write a children’s MG* story, taking inspiration from your favourite line from your favourite Christmas song.

(* MG = middle grade for children approximately aged between 8 and 12 years)

Deadline for entries Midnight  25th November.
Please read the rules on the HWS website.  https://hampshirewriterssociety.co.uk/competitions/rules/
Winners will be announced at the HWS virtual meeting on 15th December.

There is no cost for entry. However, you must be a registered HWS Member.
To become a new member please contact Karin, Membership Secretary, https://hampshirewriterssociety.co.uk/contact/

Benefits of becoming a registered HWS member
As a registered member you will then have all the benefits of HWS members which includes entry to the monthly competitions and log in to the virtual events. The HWS will not  be charging subscription fees this year and all 2019 – 2020 memberships have been continued for the 2020 – 2021 season.

Veronica Cossanteli’s new book – The Marvellous Land of Snergs – was launched on 5 November. It is a retelling of E.A Wyke-Smyth’s classic originally published in 1927 and the book which inspired J R R Tolkien to write The Hobbit.

The Marvellous Land of Snergs by Veronica Cossanteli.
Based on the original by E.A.Wyke-Smith

Update from the Hampshire Writers’ Society Organising Committee

Warmest wishes to all members of the Hampshire Writers’ Society from the Society’s Organising Committee.
It has been a long time since we last met, in the Stripe Theatre, in March. It had been hoped that it would be possible to launch our new season which had been planned for September 2020 to June 2021. But the Society has been advised that, under present circumstances, it would not be wise to hold large meetings in the Stripe Theatre at the University of Winchester.
The Society’s Organising Committee has therefore taken the decision to postpone the proposed 2020-21 season for one year. Many of the speakers who have been confirmed for the new season have kindly said that they would like to come to us one year later than originally planned.
In the meantime, the Society will run a series of occasional online events with invited speakers, together with a series of writing competitions; the Society’s Critique group, where Society members discuss their works-in-progress, has moved online and will continue with its meetings.
There will be no membership fees in the period September 2020 to June 2021: our plans are to return to our schedule of monthly Stripe Theatre meetings, with membership fees, in September 2021.

Further details regarding the series of online events, writing competitions and Critique group meetings will be published on this website and in the HWS newsletter. We hope you will be able to join us in the activities which will take place in the coming weeks and months.

The Hampshire Writers’ Society  Committee sends its very best wishes to you all at this challenging time.

Stay safe! Keep writing!

Opportunities for Writers

Please check the HWS Facebook Page for writing updates and opportunities to submit your work. www.facebook.com/HampshireWriters
There are a number of organisations e.g. competitions, agents, publishers, theatres and BBC asking for submissions. Always check the details and rules of entry, some are quite specific to location, age and experience.

News from YOU!

Please let us know what you have been up to during the past few months.  For many people,  it has been an ideal time to focus on their writing projects.



The Hampshire Writers’ Society welcomes all aspiring and published writers wherever they live.

The annual subscription fee for membership of the Hampshire Writers’ Society has been suspended for the current season September 2020 to August 2021.

If you would like to receive the newsletter with details of writing opportunities, local events and competitions please contact us.

We hope to resume our normal programme of events from September  2021 when the annual subscription fee will be £35, free to students and visitors pay £6 per event

The subscription includes:

  • Membership for the season September 2021 until August 2022
  • Free entry to the monthly HWS writing competitions (10 competitions)
  • Free membership of the HWS critique group
  • A stall at the Book Fair (December and June) for published members, includes self published
  • Entry to our events on Tuesday evenings.
  • Free membership to students with their student card

 To help you get started, here are some quick links:

View the programme

Apply for membership

Meet the committee

Contact us