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In association with Southport Festival, we are proud to host one of our famous writing workshops, in the Theatre Bar in the Atkinson on Lord Street.
Open to anyone of any age, ability level or general disposition towards writing, all you need is yourself and a willingness to have your imagination sparked in a series of activities designed to coax words even from the most novice writer. This year will include new prompts such as Dictionary Corner, Amazing Tales! and Roll Up Poem, as well as old favourites like Reverse Story and Consequences. You can drop in an out as you please, but you are guaranteed to come away buzzing with your next scribbling idea!
As above, our PayPal is working again, so get those online entries in! Because of the delay in getting it sorted, we have decided to let digital entries have a late entry up to the 7th May.
We look forwards to your poems. Happy writing!
We are aware of the current issue with our PayPal account and payments. We are trying to sort it out as quickly as possible, however in the meantime if you wish to pay for the Poetry 2019 contest, or send us a donation, you are welcome to send a cheque to the address on the comp page.
Thank you for your patience!
Chief Judge: Daniel Riding
Daniel Riding is a published poet, children’s author and artist, currently living in Liverpool with his husband and two very demanding cats, Raja and Oliver. Daniel has always loved playing with words and telling magical and fun stories, so it is no surprise that he ended up as a poet and writer. When not writing and drinking copious amounts of tea, Daniel is also a bookseller which, after writing, is one of the best jobs in the world.
RULES: Please read carefully
Envelopes should be sent to:-
Southport Writers’ Circle Poetry Competition
60 Dinorwic Rd,
Please DO NOT send entries by recorded delivery or send any other material such as return/receipt postcards as this will be disregarded.
Online entries CLICK HERE
It’s not just verses, and its only mostly romantic writing. All welcome to share!
It is always a pleasure to read through the stories that so many people decide to send, in the hopes that their little pieces of inspiration will gain the light and recognition that they deserve. The quality of many entries deserved such recognition, though it has to be mentioned the importance of reading the rules for any competition, which sadly some people fell afoul of this year (don’t put your name on every page of an anonymous entry!).
We had stories about every topic going – romance, war, shopping, robots, babies, time travel, chocolate and many more. Entries came from Germany, France, and Spain as well as a good concentration from the south of England. Of course, shortlisters can only go so far, and any love they have for particular favourites in the sifting has to be put aside for the final judge to have her say. We were fortunate this year to have an award winning novelist join us and we respect her final opinions.
Chief Judges Report – Carys Bray
It is not especially hard to decide whether a story is enjoyable and satisfying – as readers, we do this all the time. It is, however, hard to take a group of satisfying and enjoyable stories and pick a winner. I recognise that another judge, on another day, may have looked at these stories and placed them in a different order. The stories below intrigued and surprised me, and I enjoyed reading each of them.
1st Place: Peace and Quiet by Louise Wilford
First place goes to this well-written and intriguing short story that invites an active, interrogative response from the reader and concludes with an enjoyably sinister twist.
2nd Place: The Spae Wife by Julie-Ann Rowell
Second place goes to this evocative, historical short story that makes beautiful use of sensory language and explores themes of prejudice and judgement in an isolated community.
3rd Place: Closer to the Edge by Robert Kibble
Third place goes to this tense short story in which the writer examines the line between cruelty and humour while achieving a satisfying combination of action and introspection.
Highly commended: Equinox by Marianne Whiting
This highly commended historical short story explores themes of shame and sacrifice, reaching a powerful, understated conclusion.
Commended: The Angel and the Bridge by Norman Kitching
This commended story empathetically tackles big themes: guilt, betrayal and the kindness of strangers.
Commended: The Real Fake News by Paul Barnett
Resonant and timely, this commended short story contains some lovely images and has echoes of Orwell’s 1984.
We are returning to action on the 10th of January, with many a fine scribble to welcome in the new year. Made a a resolution to write more this year? Join us! We offer much friendly encouragement as ever.
Also: Thursday the 24th will be our much anticipated Short Story 2018 Awards evening. Some of you know the winners already, but it will be made official then.
See you soon!
Hello! The last two meetings of 2018 are going to be excellent. They are open to all comers, being Guest Speaker Ian Hall on the 13th Dec , then our annual mince pie fest and joyful Christmas Readings on the 20th Dec. Bring along anyone you like to come and enjoy the fun 🙂
We come back then on the 10th January, ready for all those New Year resolutions.
On the 25th October, there will be chills and shivers in our annual scary week. All are welcome to bring some spine tingling horror for all those fraidy cats amongst us to enjoy.
First prize: £150 Second prize: £80 Third prize: £30
Closing date: 31st October 2018
Online entries CLICK HERE
Chief Judge: Carys Bray
Carys Bray’s debut collection Sweet Home won the Scott prize and selected stories were broadcast on BBC Radio Four Extra. Her first novel A Song for Issy Bradley was serialised on BBC Radio Four’s Book at Bedtime and was shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards, the Association of Mormon Letters Awards, the Waverton Good Read Award, the 15 Bytes Book Awards and the Desmond Elliott Prize. The novel won the Utah Book Award and the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award. It was was selected for the 2015 Richard and Judy Summer Book Club. Her second novel The Museum of You was published in June 2016.
Optional – Paper saving single-spaced entries encouraged.
Send postal entries to:
Short Story Competition
Online entries CLICK HERE