We are delighted to announce the short lists for the six

Writers’ Weekend writing competitions

 

Winners will be announced on this page on Saturday, 11 July at 6:00pm BST

 

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 and Bitter Orange

First Prize:  £300
Second Prize:  £200
Third Prize:  £100  
For those who requested feedback, they will receive it within one week of the announcement of winners.

SHORTLIST: (in no particular order)

‘Divest’ – Ellie Campbell Sorenson
‘Suspension 1864’ – Gail Anderson
‘Dinner Date’ – Luisa Roberts
‘Mr Higgins’ – Rebecca Hamilton
‘The Luck of the Drawer’ – Rebecca Hamilton
‘The Disappearing Act ‘- Abigail Johnson

 

Skylark Fabulous Fiction for Fives to Teens Competition

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

Sponsored and Judged by Skylark Literary Agency.

First Prize: £500 plus a one-to-one editorial consultation by phone or Skype
Second Prize: One-to-one editorial consultation by phone or Skype
Third Prize: One-to-one editorial consultation by phone or Skype

SHORTLIST: (in no particular order)

‘The Curse of the Creepers’ – Lynette Fisher
‘The Mystery of the Golden Swan’ – Georgina Edwards
‘Soulless’ – Lucy Ransley
‘We Are Stardust’ – Pete Hepworth
‘Smoke & Brine’ – Clare Harlow
‘The Rising’ – Louise Cook

 

Writing Magazine & Writers’ Weekend Short Story Competition

Entrants were invited to submit quality short stories or flash fiction 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 were judged on their originality and excellent story-telling qualities.
Sponsored and Judged by Writing Magazine

First Prize: £250 and publication in Writing Magazine in 2020, and a one-year subscription to Writing Magazine.
Second Prize: One-year subscription to Writing Magazine
Third Prize: One-year subscription to Writing Magazine

SHORTLIST: (in no particular order)

‘Yellow Jacket’ by Alex Dawes
‘Feeder’ by Elkie Yates
‘The Prince of All Stars’ by K.C. Finn
‘Tiger Leap’ by Jo Agrell
‘Wanted Person’ by Yvonne Sampson
‘Peach Pie’ by Ana de Andrada

The Bright Agency Picture Book Competition

Entrants were invited to submit a text of no more than 600 words in prose or verse for children aged 3-6.
Sponsored and Judged by The Bright Agency

First Prize: £500 and a one-to-one editorial consultation by phone or Skype
Second Prize: Written editorial feedback
Third Prize: Book prizes

SHORTLIST: (in no particular order)

‘Pip – The Littlest Viking’ by Katie Penman
‘The Coin’ by Darren Sexton
‘Count-a-saurus Rex’ by Leonie Roberts
‘The Animal Alphabet Mix-Up’ by Sue Lancaster
‘Sparkles Ahoy!’ by Kate Thompson
‘Maya’s Mistake’ by Kate Thompson

 

The Writers’ Weekend Opening of a Novel Competition

Entrants were invited to send the first three pages of their novel, plus a 600-word maximum synopsis. Any theme or period from Upper YA novels to adult. Entrants that requested feedback will receive it within one week of the winners announcement.

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

First Prize: £250
Second Prize: Book prizes
Third Prize: Book prizes

SHORTLIST: (in no particular order)

‘A Passion for Dead Leaves’ – Pam Nixon
‘Rough Justice’ – Genet Marie Bevan
‘The Echoing Shore’ – Jason Mann
‘Hetty Arbuthnot’ – Kate Reeves
‘Disappearing’ – Moyette Gibbons
‘Bel’ – Melanie Corrigan
‘Dust Divided’ – Kieron Nixon

Young Writers’ Competition

Book tokens will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners in each age group and certificates will be sent to all winners, highly commended and commended entries.  Winners will be contacted the week after the Writers’ Weekend.

Judged and sponsored by the Writers’ Weekend 

SHORTLISTS: (in no particular order)

Age 4 – 11:

‘Home marvellous home’ – Ava Rose Hooton
‘When Dreams Come Home’ – Poppy Stanley
‘Staying at home’ – Zack Johnson
‘Animals are free’ – Muskaan Hammarsal
‘What I like about staying at home’ – Esther Davey
‘What I like about being at home’ – Christina Philippou
‘What I like about being at home’ – Josie Mansour

Age 12 – 16:

‘What I like about being at home’ – Duncan Barkwith
‘Peace, the peace and the hush of home’ – Ben Woodward
‘What I like about staying at home’ – Valentina Matata
‘What I like about being at home?’ – Rakshana Madhavan
‘Being at home is not what I expected!’ – Louis Higham
‘What I like about being at home’ – Naomi Aaronson
What I Like About Being At Home’ – Amy Stewart
‘What I like(d) about being at home’ – Magnus Kuhn

 
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