Wells Festival of Literature takes place from 19th-27th October 2018, but before that they hold their annual writing competitions, with entries being accepted until 30th June 2018. As well as the usual three categories – short stories, poetry and books for children – this year sees the launch of a new category: Young Poets, open to anyone aged between 16 and 22 inclusive.
Prizes in the Young Poet category consist of 1st: £150, 2nd: £75, 3rd: £50 plus a year’s membership of the Poetry Society.
Prizes in the existing categories of Short Story, Book for Children and Poetry are 1st: £750, 2nd: £300 and 3rd: £200. There are also dedicated prizes for local authors up for grabs – the Hilly Cansdale prize of £100 for Poetry; the Wyvern Short Story prize, also £100, and £100 to the best local author of a Book for Children.
Short Story Competition
Entries may be on any subject and should be between 1,000 and 2,000 words in length.
Entries may be on any subject but must not exceed 40 lines in length.
Stories in this category may be on any subject, providing they are aimed at readers aged 9 and up, including young adult. Submit your first three chapters, plus a synopsis.
The judges will also present prizes at a special ceremony in the Bishop’s Palace during the Festival in October. Immediately preceding this, the shortlisted poets will be invited to read their entries.
The closing date for all entries is 30th June 2018.
Find full details at www.wellsfestivalofliterature.org.uk/2017-competitions
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