Next Competition

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.

A new programme of competitions for next season coming soon – watch this space!

Still lots happening in April /May, though  …

Judy Waite Competition Announced 12 March 2019

Write a 300 word opening paragraph/scene suitable for a work of children’s middle-grade fiction developed from the creative writing Wordtamer activity in Judy Waite’s March workshop.  Deadline – midnight on 25th April.  Winner to be announced at our event on 11th June.

Prize to include feedback for continued first 1,000 words, plus 1:1 meeting of up to one hour to discuss the developed work.

Middle-grade: A story for young people aged between 7 and 12.  Any voice and style.

Use the sentence, the sign and your memory.  See if the magic happens …

Please enter in the usual way: a title for the story and your name in the body of the email with the story attached as a Word document.

and …

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!!

Competitions 2019

May 2019

Write a scene for a farcical murder mystery in 300 words.

Adjudicator – Stevyn Colgan

June 2019

Write a journalist’s report of a crime involving an unusual criminal.

Adjudicator – Allie Spencer