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Members' Competitions 2017

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The 2017 NAWG Members' Creative Writing Competitions

Win an elegant engraved trophy and see your work published on the website and in our 2017 anthology.

  • Closing date: 30th April 2017.
  • Free entry.
  • Winners receive trophies.
  • Winners, runners-up, highly commended and commended receive certificates.

Open only to members of the National Association of Writers' Groups. Both individual members, and from groups affiliated to NAWG.

The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony, which follows the gala dinner on the Saturday of NAWGFest, to be held at the University of Warwick, 1st—4th September 2017.

Please come to the festival to receive your awards if you possibly can.

Special thanks to CMP UK Ltd, who support NAWG and print Link.

Competition Categories

  1. Open Poetry – Judged by Doris Corti.

    Any style. Maximum 40 lines. Single spaced.

  2. Formal Poem: haiku – tanka – haiku – Judged by Susan Clark.

    Haiku, tanka and haiku, a verse of each to form the three verses of a poem. Single spaced.

  3. Travel Article – Judged by Simon Whaley.

    Maximum of 1,000 words. Suitable for a travel magazine. Double spaced.

  4. Story or Poem by Children, on the theme of Future World – Judged by Steve Bowkett.

    Story up to 1,500 words, poem maximum 40 lines, any form of poetry (including blank verse and free verse). Double spaced. Entrant's age for children's category 7—16 (judge's experience adjusts for age).

  5. Ghost Story – Judged by Bernadette Keeling.

    Up to 1,500 words. Double spaced.

  6. Short Story with the title: My Friend the Enemy – Judged by Tim Wilson.

    Up to 2,000 words. Double spaced.

  7. Short Story for Teenagers, aged 14—16 – Judged by Steve Bowkett.

    Up to 1,500 words. Double spaced. Any genre is allowed. Adult themes may be addressed although gratuitous mention of sex, violence, drugs etc. is not acceptable.

  8. Historical Fiction – Judged by Tim Wilson.

    Up to 1,500 words. Double spaced.

  9. Comedy Writing – Judged by Jane Wenham-Jones.

    Make us laugh in no more than 1,000 words. Your comedy can come in whatever form you choose – a short story, a script, an extended sketch, a monologue. Short and sweet or the full 1,000 words. Your piece could be a totally original idea or a parody or pastiche. But whatever route you take, it has to be a rib tickler.

    Prose to be double spaced. Poetry, single spaced.

  10. Memoir – Judged by Simon Whaley.

    Up to 1,500 words. Double spaced.

  11. 10 Minute Play – Judged by Marvin Close.

    A ten minute/ten page script for a play. Double spaced.

  12. Group Anthologythe Denise Robertson Memorial Plate – Judged by Peterborough Writers' Circle.

    Two copies of your anthology required with entry form, please.

    Minimum presentation standards for an anthology:

    1. Either in finished, ready to sell, book format or a format suitable for presentation to a publisher. (Please note: the pages of the anthology must be bound for ease of reading. e.g. ring binder.)
    2. Consistent layout and typeface.
    3. Cover with the title and group name clearly printed.

    The group winning this category will be expected to judge the 2018 Group Anthology category.

Category Notes

† Competitions are open to children/grandchildren/close relatives of NAWG members and New Writers UK. Work must either be printed or written legibly. Only include hand drawings if they are necessary for the meaning of the work. All entries must be the child's own work – i.e. no help from adults please.

‡ Published anthologies will be judged equally with print-ready ones and not on the quality of typesetting or printing – purely on their content, mix of writing talents and the pleasure of reading them.

Entry Forms & Enquiries

The 2017 NAWG members' competitions are now closed. Please see our competitions list for currently open ones.

Competition Rules

Please follow these rules, which apply to all categories.

  1. Two copies of each entry to be submitted with entry form. No email entries*.
  2. Only one entry per person will be accepted for each category. Entries cannot be returned. The competition administrator cannot accept changes to any submitted entry, nor are substitute entries acceptable.
  3. Identifying marks must not appear on entries (except in the case of anthologies).
  4. All entries to be in English.
  5. Line count to be given on poetry entries and word count given on prose entries.
  6. All entries to be typewritten on plain white A4 paper in a standard black typeface on one side of the page only.

    1. Category 4 may be handwritten.
    2. Category 12: if you're composing your anthology just for the competition and not for printing, then you may produce it on A4 sheets. These should be securely fastened together in a ring binder or a plastic clip because they will be passed around for a number of people to read.

      For the same reason, your anthology should be easy to read, so it should be presented as though for submission to a publisher. That is, in 12 point Times New Roman, double-spaced for prose, single-spaced for poetry, single side only.

  7. Postage rules: entries must be sent by first or second class mail only, with correct postage paid. Do not send by Recorded Delivery or Special Delivery.

    * Email entries only accepted from outside the UK.

  8. The competition administrator has to deal with a large volume of entries and it would be appreciated if you could ensure your package is as easy to open as possible while still ensuring its safe transit through the postal system.
  9. Entries must be entirely the work of the individual named for categories 1–11 and of the writing group named for category 12.
  10. Entries must not have been: broadcast or published in print or online (except in an anthology produced by the members own writing group); placed in or won, any other competition; entered for any other competition until the results have been announced.
  11. Entries must be received by the closing date.

Judging Procedure

One copy of your two submissions is sent to the judge, who has no way of knowing the creator of that entry. Submissions are numbered and the judge chooses the winner by the title and number only. The administrator then tallies that number with a writer. No-one but the administrator can know who has won any category until the winners are announced at the festival.

It would be useful to have your work ready, in electronic form, should you be a winner. This helps when preparing work for publication.

Copyright remains with the author.


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