Wells Festival of Literature 2024 International Competitions


26 March 2024
There are categories for short stories, poems, book for children and young poets

The Wells Festival of Literature 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 Anthony Joseph. Enter original, unpublished poems up to 35 lines. The entry fee is £6.

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 Enter original, unpublished short stories between 1,000 and 2,000 words.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

• Book for Children. The prizes are £750, £300 and £200, and a local prize of £100. The judge is Alex Campbell. Enter the first two chapters, or 20 pages, and a two-page synopsis, for a book for children from age 7 to YA. The entry fee  is £6.

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• Young Poets. The prizes are £150, £75 and £50. The judge is Clare Shaw. 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.

Entry opens on 1 April. The closing date is 30 June.

For full details see the website.


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