Wells Festival of Literature 2022 Competitions


20 April 2022
There are categories for short stories, poems, and writing for children

The Wells Festival of Literature, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, is inviting entries for its creative writing competitions.

There are four categories:

• Open Poetry. The first prize is £1,000, with second and third prizes of £500 and £250 and £100 for the best poem by a local poet. The judge is Tristram Fane Saunders. Enter original, unpublished poems up to 35 lines. The entry fee is £6 per poem.

• Short Story. The prizes are £750, £300 and £200, and a local prize of £100.The judge is Lucy Jago. Enter original, unpublished short stories between 1,000 and 2,000 words. The entry fee is £6 per story.

• Book for Children. The prizes are £750, £300 and £200, and a local prize of £100. The judge is Lucy Cuthew. Enter the first two chapters, or 20 pages, and a two-page synopsis, for a book for children from age 9 to YA. The entry fee is £6.

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• Young Poets. The prizes are £150, £75 and £50. The judge is Caleb Parkin. The competition is for poems up to 35 lines by poets aged 16 to 22. Poets may enter one poem. The entry fee is £3.

The closing date is 30 June.

For full details see the website.


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