Thank you every one who entered our Competition 2019.

We hope your enjoyed meeting the challenge of our 'Numbers' theme.

If you took inspiration from our new 'How to get started' section this year - we'd love some feedback.

The entries are now winging their way to the judges - Stephen Daniels (Poetry) and Amanda Reynolds (Prose)

We look forward to hearing the winning entries later in the year during the Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival

What a fantastic platform to celebrate your work.

Thank you for entering and enjoy a Summer of writing.

All the best

GWN Team


Final Day !

Hello Writers
We've reached the FINAL DAY of this year's GWN competition. Please send us your prose & poetry by midnight tonight.
Our judges Amanda Reynolds & Stephen Daniels are looking forward to reading your entries

We're looking forward to congratulating our 2019 winners. Good luck all!

GWN Team

Final countdown - 1 week to go !

Good morning Writers
Here’s your one week – FINAL reminder!

Our Numbers themed competition closes on the 14th July – You have just 1 week to complete and submit your entry for 2019.

Here are a few famous 'ones' for inspiration:



  • One Flew over the cuckoos nest
  • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
  • A Widow for One Year
  • One, two, buckle my shoe
  • A Room of One's Own - OK, maybe were stretching it a bit here but you get the drift !

Full details on how to enter plus a few ideas on how to get started are on our Competitions page

Good luck and we look forward to receiving your entries

Happy Writing


Countdown... 2

Good morning Writers

Here is your two week reminder!

Our Numbers themed competition closes on the 14th July – You have just 2 weeks to complete and submit your entry for 2019.

Please see our competition section for more information and ideas.

Here are a few famous Twos...

The Twin Towers (Tolkein)

A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)

Richard II

And you have a full TWO WEEKS  to write a couplet.

Happy Writing every one ;))

Definition of Couplet

A couplet is a literary device that can be defined as having two successive rhyming lines in a verse, and has the same meter to form a complete thought. It is marked by a usual rhythm, rhyme scheme, and incorporation of specific utterances.

It could be an independent poem, and might be a part of other poems, such as sonnets in Shakespearean poetry. If a couplet has the ability to stand apart from the rest of the poem, it is independent, and hence it is called a “closed couplet.” A couplet that cannot render a proper meaning alone is called an “open couplet.”

One of the commonly used couplet examples are these two lines from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet:

“The time is out of joint, O cursed spite
That ever I was born to set it right!”

Types of Couplets

  • Short Couplet
  • Split Couplet
  • Heroic Couplet (Closed and Open Couplets)
  • Shakespearean Couplet
  • Alexandrine Couplet
  • Qasida
  • Chinese Couplet


Two lines - Two weeks to go ;))

Happy writing everyone!

Countdown... 3

Good morning Writers
Here’s your three week reminder!

Our Numbers themed competition closes on the 14th July – You have just 3 weeks to complete and submit your entry for 2019.





Don't forget the power of 3!

Three blind mice

3 wise men

Only £8.00 for 3 entries


Try these techniques from Max Atkinson for incorporating groups of three into your work:

Use three identical words - as in Tony Blair’s famous use of ‘Education, education and education’ to set out his top three priorities for Government.

Use three different words - such as ‘Friends, Romans, Countrymen’ from William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.

Use three phrases - as in Abraham Lincoln’s ‘Government of the people by the people for the people’.

Use three sentences - as demonstrated by Winston Churchill’s historic description of the Battle of Britain: ‘This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.’


Want to try something new??

Poetic form - the TRICUBE:   by Phillip Larrea.

Here are the rules of tricubes:

  • Each line contains three syllables.
  • Each stanza contains three lines.
  • Each poem contains three stanzas.
  • Tricubes. 3 stanzas by 3 lines by 3 syllables.


Happy Writing

Countdown... 4

Hello Writers

Here is your 4 week reminder!
Our Numbers themed competition closes on the 14th July – You have just 4 weeks to complete and submit your entry for 2019.

We haven't seen too many Clerihews come our way yet!

Still, never mind...  only 4 weeks to have a go at a new form to grab the judges attention - and here are a few more 4's to whet your appetite :)

  • Dodoitsu. 4-line Japanese form.
  • Bref Double. French quatorzain.
  • Byr a Thoddaid Poems. Welsh quatrain
  • Quatrain
  • Imayo. 4-line Japanese poem with a pause in the middle of each line.

Happy Writing!

Countdown... 5

Good morning writers.
Here is your five week reminder!

Our Numbers themed competition closes on the 14th July – You have just 5 weeks to complete and submit your entry for 2019.

How are your Limericks and Cinquains coming along?


How is your story progressing?  here is a summary of the 5 Character Archetypes to whet your appetite... The character types that pop up across all genres of literature, both classic and contemporary. Everyone is familiar with these guys, because everywhere we turn, there they are! Here's a list of some of the 5 most commonly found archetypes in literature – well be looking out for them in your award winning stories l!!

The hero

The hero is always the protagonist (though the protagonist is not always a hero). Traditionally speaking, the hero has been male, though fortunately there are more female heroes appearing in contemporary literature. The hero is after some ultimate objective and must encounter and overcome obstacles along the way to achieving this goal. He or she is usually morally good, though that goodness will likely be challenged throughout the story. Heroes’ ability to stay true to themselves despite the trials they must face is what makes them heroic. That and the fact that they are often responsible for saving a bunch of people (or hobbits, or wizards, or what have you).

The Mentor

The mentor is a common archetype in literature. The mentor is usually old, and this person often has some kind of magical abilities or a much greater breadth of knowledge than others possess. Mentors help heroes along their journeys, usually by teaching them how to help themselves (though mentors sometimes directly intervene in extreme situations). The mentor often ends up dying but is sometimes resurrected or revisited even after death.

The Everyman

The Everyman character archetype often acts as the stand-in for the audience. This character archetype is just a normal person, but for some reason, he or she must face extraordinary circumstances. The everyman can be the protagonist or a supporting figure. Unlike the hero, the everyman does not feel a moral obligation to his or her task; instead, these characters often find themselves in the middle of something they have barely any control over. Unlike the hero, the everyman archetype isn't trying to make a great change or work for the common good: these characters are just trying to get through a difficult situation.

The Innocent

Characters representing the innocent archetype are often women or children. These character archetypes are pure in every way. Though often surrounded by dark circumstances, the innocent archetype somehow has not become jaded by the corruption and evil of others. These character archetypes aren't stupid: they're just so morally good that the badness of others cannot seem to mar them.

The Villain

The villain wants to stop the hero archetype from achieving his or her goal. The villain is often evil, though there is often a reason—however warped that reason may be—why villains are so bad. Villains often want nothing more than to control and have power over everyone and everything around them, probably because most of them are secretly strongly motivated by fear. Villains are often the moral foil of the hero: that is, their main vice will parallel the hero's main virtue.


Happy Writing!


Stroud Book Festival - Competition



I’m thrilled to send on the details of the Stroud Book Festival writing competitions for 2019.


I attach the press releases, and also the competition entry form.


You can find full details on our website here where you’ll also find the rules and entry guidelines, as well as an electronic version of the entry form.


Following on from the success of 2018, we are running three competitions this year: Poetry, Flash Fiction and Mainstream Fiction.


We are delighted to announce our three category judges:  Jo Bell (Poetry judge), Tania Hershman (Flash Fiction judge) and Alice Jolly (Mainstream Fiction judge).


The Poetry and Flash Fiction competitions are open to international applicants. The Mainstream Fiction Prize is only open to Gloucestershire writers.


Prizes will be awarded at a special event at the Stroud Book festival, which this year runs from 6-10 November. Headline events include Ian McEwan and Julia Donaldson.


We are also very grateful to Adam Horovitz, who agreed to announce the competitions here on Facebook and here on twitter


We would so grateful if you could help spread the word!


Many thanks, all best wishes and Good Luck !



Louise Brice

Stroud Book Festival 6-10 November 2019




Here is your six week reminder...

Our Numbers themed competition closes on the 14th July – You have just 6 weeks to complete and submit your entry for 2019.

That’s just 6 weeks to polish your 6 line Sestains or write 6 stanzas in a dazzling Sestina!

Maybe you’re at a challenging ‘turn line’ 6 in your forthcoming Sonnet... or half way through a Clogyrnach.  - well you never know !!

Ok enough sixes for now – but I hope we're making our point!


Please take a look at our competitions section for mores ideas and detail


Happy Writing!

Don't miss the boat!

Entries have started to arrive for this year's Competition - have you started yet??

To mark the Cheltenham Literature Festival’s 70th anniversary, poems and prose pieces are invited on the theme of:


  • How many entries will you submit?   1? 2? 3?
  • You have an extra 1 day weekend this Bank holiday to write a winning entry - give it your best shot
  • What can you pack into a poem of 50 lines (max)
  • Maybe you have a 14 line sonnet in mind.
  • Can you tell a story in 750 words?
  • We'll have 2 judges 1 venue and 8 winning entries to listen to
  • You have only have 52 days to go  - and counting  ;))


  • What are your chances? - you do the sums !

You may interpret the theme as imaginatively as you’d like. Look at our How to Get Started page for more inspiration. 

We look forward to receiving your entries


Happy Writing

Kathryn, Penny & Chris