Creative Writing Competition 2017

Sharing Stories

Felix Dennis Creative Writing Competition 2017




The competition invited you to write a Poem or Short Story on the theme of Sharing Stories.
It was open to everyone from age 7+ and the winning entries will be published in a Festival Collection.

17+ age group
Winner: Hazel Atkinson First Prize: £1000
Runner-up: Sherri Turner Prize: £300

Highy Commended:
Alice Tedds
Nemma Wollenfang

12-16 age group
Winner: Laura Harrison First Prize:  £250  
Runner-up: Lauren Mason Prize: £50 

Highly Commended:
Anna Jacob
Alice Russell 

7-11 age group
Winner: Eve Hatzipanagou First Prize:  £100 including a year's subscription to The Week Junior 
Runner-up: Leela Marlow Prize:£50


Highly Commended:
Henry Cheadle
Will Davis

To order copies of the 2017 Sharing Stories Collection (postage will be added on checkout)

The Competition details:

Please read the rules of entry below carefully.
Final date for entries:  24th February 2017 (23.59 GMT)

Submit your entry in a Word document attachment ONLY please with the file name being your name and age, and with your name and address at the top of the document and email it here.

The Small Print:
1. The Judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
2. All entries must be in English, original and must not have been published or have won competitions elsewhere. Stratford Literary Festival will retain the copyright to the published collection of winning stories, but authors will retain the copyright to their individual submissions.
3. Poems must be a maximum of 600 words. Short stories must be a maximum of 2000 words.
4. The competition is open to all ages, professions and nationalities from 7 years of age +.
5. Entries must directly or indirectly reflect the theme of the competition.
6. We accept only one submission per entry. All entries must comply with entry requirements and entries not submitted by email and in a Word document will not be considered. Please name the file with your name and age and all entries must include your name, address, and date of birth.
7. Entries will not be accepted after the closing date.
8. Writers will be notified before the launch of the Festival on 23rd April 2017. Winning entries and runners-up will appear in a Festival book which will be on sale at Waterstones Stratford-upon-Avon from 23rd April 2017 and online. Authors of those submissions to be included will be notified.
9. By entering and supplying your email address you are allowing us to notify you about the Stratford Literary Festival. Your information will not be shared with any third parties.
10. Stratford Literary Festival is a registered charity in England: 1164662

Felix Dennis was a publisher, poet and planter of trees, and a great supporter of the Festival. He died in 2014. His Executors are supporting the competition in his memory to encourage writers and poets.

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