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GWN Writing Competition 2022

Winners Announced

Read your work at The Times & The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival. Prose Judge Adam Horovitz, Poetry Judge Kate Frost
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We run an annual writing competition in conjunction with The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, the winners of which have the opportunity to read their work at the GWN Prizewinners event. Visit the competition section of the website for the latest updates, where you also have the option to purchase anthologies from previous winners.

GWN Writing Competition - Signposts 2021 Antholoy

The latest News & Reviews

How I wrote a dual narrative novel
Two years ago, I read a moving article about the decline of Alwine, a village in the country formerly known as East Germany. After the end of communist rule and the fall of the Berlin Wall, millions of people left for the west and many industries in the east ground to a halt. In Alwine, […]...
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Buzzwords Poetry Competition 2022
Sole Judge:  Nigel McLoughlin who will read all entries Closing date for entries. Midnight, 27th August 2022. 1st prize-£600.          Runner-up- £300.   5 x commended-£50 each. The Gloucestershire Prize- £200. (for Gloucestershire residents only).  Nigel McLoughlin is a Northern ...
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New novel by Joanna Campbell - Instructions for the Working Day
Gloucestershire-based author Joanna Campbell’s upcoming novel Instructions for the Working Day  will be published on 31 August 2022. The novel is a page-turning read looking at betrayal and freedom against the backdrop of past and present East Germany.  It follows Neil Fischer who is determine...
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Cheltenham Poetry Festival - discount for local supporters
To celebrate the return of the Cheltenham Poetry Festival to venues in Cheltenham this September, the Festival is offering a 50% discount to our local supporters.  2022 Festival highlights include a celebration of Michael, Frances and Adam Horovitz, a Dymock Poets talk, Fiona Sampson on Gloucester...
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Look out for our event @CheltLitFest LK02
7 pm 9/10 where our winners and runners up will read their prize-winning work, as well as judges @adamhorovitz and @katefrostauthor

As part of our celebration of the Dymock Poets we offer an in-person poetry workshop inspired by the work of Eleanor Farjeon,The workshop will be led by Rowan Middleton @EnglishGlos at the beautiful University grounds.
Book early and be inspired !

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