There is only one month left to enter the Leominster Festival Writing Competition
This year the 31st Leominster Festival runs from 30th May to 7th June. The theme is “Lurid Leominster” celebrating the town’s colourful past. You can join in by taking part in our Writing Competition
3 age groups
2 classes: Flash Fiction & Poem
£25 prize for winning entries
Closing date 24th April
Awards ceremony 6 pm. Fri. 5th June at Grange Court
Guest of Honour – Jasper Fforde
Short-listed entries displayed during the Festival
Sponsored by Orphans’ Press
Age groups: under 11 years, 11-16 years, over 16 years.
Theme: “Lurid Leominster”. The subject of the piece can be any event, mythical or historical from Leominster’s past e.g. from St Edfrith and the Lion to the ducking of Jenny Pipes. The theme applies to both classes.
Flash Fiction: up to 500 words written or printed on just one side of each sheet, preferably double spaced. The title should be written on every page and pages numbered
Poetry: Maximum 8 lines. Any layout is accepted so long as it is legible. Single page only.
The competition is open to anyone. Posthumous entries are not eligible.
Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and not previously published in any form or won or commended in any other competition. Entries cannot be changed after receipt and fees cannot be refunded.
Any number of entries will be accepted from any entrant.
The entrant’s name should not be written on the entry, but each entry must be accompanied by an entry form.
Entrance fee: individuals – £2 per entry. Entries entered by a school or college are free. Cash or cheques payable to Leominster Festival.
Closing date: 24th April 2014
Prizes: A cheque for £25 will be presented for the winning entry in each category (up to 6 in all). In the case of entries made through a school this cheque will be made payable to the school to be shared with the winner. Certificates will be presented to winners and runners-up, designed and printed by Orphans’ Press.
Shortlisted entrants in each category will be notified before 29th May and will be invited to attend the Awards Ceremony at Grange Court at 6 p.m. on Friday 5th June.
Shortlisted entries will be on display throughout the Festival (site to be decided).
A list of winners and runners-up will be displayed on the Festival website after the awards ceremony.
Entries should be posted or delivered to:
Peter Ellis, Woodside House, Bridge Street, Leominster HR6 8DZ
A team of judges will select the shortlist and the winning entries. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence can be entered into. Worldwide copyright remains with the author but the Leominster Festival reserves the right to publish short-listed entries if it so wishes. The judges reserve the right to withhold the prize if entries are not of a high enough standard.
Entries will only be acknowledged if a stamped-addressed postcard is provided marked Leominster Festival Writing Competition – Acknowledgement.
Entries will only be returned after the results have been announced. They will be posted to entrants only if a stamped addressed envelope of appropriate size is provided with the entries.
Entry implies acceptance of the rules.
The organisers reserve the right to change the age-groups and prize distribution depending on the entries.
To find out more about this year’s Festival visit the Facebook page or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org 2015