Buzzwords Poetry Competition

Situation depending, Buzzwords' monthly meet will not recommence until September at the earliest.

However, the Buzzwords poetry competition is currently live and accepting entries! Closing date 22nd August 2020.

Click here for more information.

Perspectives Magazine

Perspectives magazine, produced by Cheltenham Arts Council, has some fascinating articles about the arts in Cheltenham and the effects of Lockdown.

Click here to view the magazine online.

Competition Deadline Coming Up Fast

The Gloucestershire Writers' Network 2020 Competition deadline is fast approaching. Submit your prose or poetry by midnight, 12th July 2020 for your chance to take away first prize of £200 in either category, or a runner up book token prize.

All will be published in the competition anthology and invited to read at The Times Literature Festival. The theme is MY WORLD. Enter by post, or click here for more information and to enter online.

1 entry - £2.50

2 entries - £4.50

3 entries - £6.50

Poetry judge: Sarah James/Leavesley

Prose judge: Tyler Keevil

Evesham Festival of Words Poetry Competition

As well as their Six Word Story Competition (deadline 17th May), Evesham Festival of Words have launched a Poetry Competition (deadline 12th June).

Click here for more information!


Sue Johnson and Joy Thomas will re-start their workshops at Tesco St Oswalds, Gloucester and Tewkesbury Library, as soon as they are able to.

In the meantime, click here for some useful writing prompts.

SSS 'Disruptive' stories wanted ;)

4 Weeks to the Deadline

It's just 4 weeks to the deadline for submissions to our 20th event on Sunday 19 April at the Cotswold Playhouse. We close at 23.59 on Sunday 8 March. Thank you to everyone who has submitted already.

The theme is DISRUPTION  think about this subject as widely as possible) and the event is dedicated to SSS mainstay, the late Rick Vick.

It's free to submit and we'll be choosing ten stories as usual. Hopefully the Cotswold Playhouse will be full again so that the authors will read to up to 150 people. And, of course, there will be the offer of publication in our next anthology which is due next year.

All the information you need about our Rules and How to Submit is on our website.

. Audience TICKETS, priced at £8, will be available from Friday 20 March from the Cotswold Playhouse website, by which time the authors will have been named.

Wild poetry competition!

Wild Poem Competition. 

The theme for the 2020 Cheltenham Poetry Festival is Wild, and so you won’t be surprised to learn that this is the theme for the flagship contest. 

Your poems can be as unruly and untamed as you like, they say, but I’m not sure they’d appreciate an unruly and untamed manuscript decorated with tomato sauce splotches and coffee cup stains, so I’d keep that tidy.

Closing: 29.2.20.
Prizes: £200, £75, £25.  Winners and shortlisted poets will be invited to the special prizegiving event in at the Festival in April 2020.
Entry Fees:   £4 each, £14 for four.
Comp Page:
Chelt Poetry.

Article reproduced from Prize Magic with the kind permisson of Michael Shenton

Calls and Opportunities...

Cheltenham Poetry Festival are organising two competitions, in the run up to next year’s Festival.  Among other prizes, both competitions include an opportunity for shortlisted poets to read their work at the Festival.

·        The Frosted Fire First pamphlet competition for previously unpublished poets (closing date 15th February)

·        The “Wild Poems” single poem competition (closing date 29th February)


Full details on the Frosted Fire Firsts website;

Stroud Short Stories - open for submissions

Stroud Short Stories is open for submissions.


Stroud Short Stories is currently open for submissions for its special 20th event dedicated to Stroud writer Rick Vick who sadly died at the end of November. There were obituaries for Rick in The Times and The Guardian. 

Here is the latter.

(By the way, Rick did once read at a GWN event at the Chelt LitFest.)


The event is for all Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire writers. The theme this time is DISRUPTION. Submissions are free and you may submit unpublished or published stories. The deadline is the end of Sunday 8 March and the event is on Sunday 19 April at the 150-seater Cotswold Playhouse. Tickets will go on sale on 20 March.


All information about submitting is on the Stroud Short Stories website.



John Holland

Papatango New Writing Prize

Opening in 2009, the Papatango New Writing Prize is the biggest playwriting award in the UK, attracting more average annual entries than any other. It was the first – and remains the only annual – playwriting award to guarantee its winner a full world premiere in London followed by a national tour, plus royalties, publication and a £6,500 commission to support a follow-up play.

The 2020 Papatango Prize is open for entries! The UK's only playwriting award to guarantee: a month-long premiere in London; a month-long UK tour; royalties; publication; £6,500 commission and feedback for all entries, it is assessed anonymously and open to all residents of the UK and Ireland. All you need is a story. Enter by 9pm on 2 February 2020.

Frosted Fire Competitions

We are delighted to announce that we are launching two competitions this Autumn:

A new SINGLE POEM competition opens on 15 November. Prizes include the sum of £200 plus reading your poem at Cheltenham Poetry Festival 2020.
Details of Wild Poems.


The prestigious Frosted Fire First PAMPHLET competition is already open for 2020 - the prize is publication of your first pamphlet, 50 free copies, and reading as a headline poet at the Festival.
Details of Frosted Fire Firsts.

If you would like to hear more about our competitions, pick up a leaflet, and meet our 2019 first pamphlet winner Janet Lees -- why not attend her reading from her prize-winning pamphlet in Cheltenham on November 7th? There's also an open mic for you to share your work.


Howard Timms