Congratulations to the winners of the
2021 Writers' Weekend Competitions!

All winners will be contacted within two weeks to discuss their prize. 
Certificates will be posted to first, second,and third-place winners, plus those highly commended.

We are pleased to announce the winners!

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The Writers’ Weekend Flash Fiction Competition

Can you write a story with a beginning, middle and end in only 300 words?  We’re looking for stories that transport us and leave us wanting more.  Stories should be written for adults, but can be on any theme or subject. 
There is no minimum length, but stories must not be a word over 300, including the title.

Judged by Claire Fuller,
author of Our Endless Numbered Days, Swimming Lessons, Bitter Orange, and her newest, Unsettled Ground

First Prize:  £300
Second Prize:  £200
Third Prize:  £100  
For those who requested feedback, they will receive it by 3 July, 2021.

The Writers’ Weekend Writing for Children Competition

For writers of children’s (5+), middle grade, and young adult fiction. We are looking for an instantly intriguing concept coupled with a remarkable writing voice. Entrants are invited to submit the first 3000 words of a work of fiction for first chapter books (ages 5+), ages 8-12, or 12+.

Judged by The Writers’ Weekend

First Prize: £300
Second Prize: £200
Third Prize: £100

Writing Magazine & Writers’ Weekend Short Story Competition

Entrants are invited to submit quality short stories on any subject, theme or period (no children’s stories). Length 1500-3000 words for each entry. Each entry must be a complete story. Entries will be judged on their originality and excellent story-telling qualities.
Sponsored and Judged by Writing Magazine

First Prize: £250 and publication in Writing Magazine in 2021, and a one-year subscription to Writing Magazine.
Second Prize: One-year subscription to Writing Magazine
Third Prize: One-year subscription to Writing Magazine

The Little Tiger Picture Book Competition

Calling all budding writers who are passionate about picture books! Entrants are invited to submit up to two texts of no more than 600 words each – in prose or verse – that are perfect for sharing with children aged 3-6.
Sponsored and Judged by The Little Tiger Group

First Prize: £200, a one-to-one Zoom editorial consultation with the Little Tiger Press editorial team to discuss the winning submissing plus a £50 book token
Second Prize: Written editorial feedback and £30 book token
Third Prize: Written editorial feedback and £20 book token

The Arvon Opening of a Novel Competition

Entrants are invited to send the first three pages (12 pt. double-spaced) of their novel, plus a 600-word maximum synopsis. Any theme or period from Upper YA novels to adult. For an additional fee, entrants can receive one-two paragraphs of supportive feedback on their entry. Please combine the synopsis and submission into ONE file before uploading.

Sponsored by Arvon
Judged by author Claire Gradidge, winner of the 2019 Richard and Judy Search for a Bestseller competition.

First Prize: A place on an Arvon at Home online Writing Week
Second Prize: A place on an Arvon at Home online Masterclass
Third Prize: A place on an Arvon at Home Craft of Writing Session


Play to the Crowd and Playmakers Young Writers’ Competition

Play to the Crowd is an arts and education charity in Winchester, UK. Our family comprises: Theatre Royal Winchester – a beautiful middle scale heritage theatre, Hat Fair – one of the oldest Outdoor Arts Festivals in the country and Playmakers – a range of community engagement and creative learning programmes and activities
This FREE competition is for young writers in two age groups:  ages 4-11, and 12-16.
Entrants are invited to send prose (no more than one page) or a poem (of no more than 30 lines) about ‘The adventures that I dream of‘.
First, second and third-place winners in both categories will receive book tokens, and a place on a special hybrid creative writing workshop for young people (and their adult) run by Playmakers.  You can attend in person or online.
You’ll get support, advice and inspiration from Playmakers’ Writer-in-Residence Richard Hurford and Associate Writer Martin Jakeman to produce original material for future performance projects out and about all over Winchester. Richard is an award-winning playwright and performance writer whose work has been produced across the UK, Europe and the USA . Martin is a writer and performer and artistic director of Historical Huzzahs, bringing history to life for modern audiences in fun and accessible ways.
Judged by the Writers’ Weekend and sponsored by Playmakers
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