Welcome to our Competitions page. Below you will find all of the upcoming competitions for this season.
Please note that the deadline for entries is midnight on the 25th of the previous month. They are also limited to one entry per person.
Please could give your story a title – something other than the actual competition brief, keep within the 300 word count limit (+/- 10%) and no PDFs please. Thanks everyone! Further entry rules can be viewed by clicking the link here.
Keats Competition – open to members and non-members, free entry for all
A wonderful opportunity to celebrate 200 years since the publication of Keats’s ‘Ode to Autumn’ by entering a special competition. ‘In 300 words, write a poem, short story or play scene inspired by the opening line: “Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness …”‘ The competition will be officially announced at our May meeting with a deadline of midnight on 25th June,the winner to be announced at our opening meeting in September 2019. The winning entry will be performed at the Theatre Royal, Winchester, on 7th October by members of the Performing Arts Department. Get thinking!!
I’m delighted to bring you the new competition programme for the 2019/2020 season! The word count is 300, unless stated otherwise.
Competition: Write a travel article.
Adjudicator: E. M Davey
Competition: A childhood memory of being read to.
Adjudicator: Claire Dyer
Competition: The waiting room.
Adjudicator: Laura Williams
Competition: Write a letter to an editor pitching a new book.
Adjudicator: Caroline Wintersgill
Competition: Why I write and where it can lead.
Adjudicator: Paul Newsome
Competition: Everyone hates this song – here’s why I love it!
Adjudicator: Joel McIver
Competition: Write the opening to an historical murder mystery.
Adjudicator: Claire Gradidge
Competition: Write a short story outlining a medieval farmer’s view of new technology (Medieval Black Mirror)
Adjudicator: Nate Crowley
Competition: Happiness – What is it and how do you find it? Prose (300 words) or poem (up to 40 lines).
Adjudicator: Deborah Alma
Competition: Write a short story where fact and fiction meet.
Adjudicator: Tamar Hodes