BBC RADIO GWN Competition launch

Please follow the link to hear the Radio launch of our 2019 Competition
GWN Chair Kathryn Alderman and Prose Judge Amanda Reynolds join Dominic Cotter of BBC Radio Gloucestershire.
You can hear about GWN and what this years judges are looking for  ;)
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p071zj4m (interview at 1:16:10 to 1:40:00)
Photo - Radio Presenter Dominic Cotter and Amanda Reynolds.

GWN Competition Launch 2019

The Annual GWN competition, in association with The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, has been launched today.

2019 COMPETITION THEME

The festival theme of ‘7 at 70′ pays homage to it’s 70th anniversary but we have simplified our writing competition theme to –

‘NUMBERS’

… This can be interpreted widely and creatively. For some tips and ideas, judges’ thoughts and how to enter, head over to our Competition section

We are also delighted to announce this year’s judges, who we think will be superb. Not only are they are both excellent at their own crafts and wonderful readers but lovely individuals whose expertise will be invaluable to those more experienced or new to writing.

 Prose Judge: Amanda Reynolds
https://www.amandareynoldsauthor.com/   

 

Poetry Judge: Stephen Daniels 
https://stephenkirkdaniels.com/

 

Please see our Competition Section for more details and ideas on how to get started..

We look forward to receiving your entries – will you be this year’s winner?

Good luck all!
GWN Team

 


Spring Picture Competition

 

Dear all

Are you also a budding photographer..?

Do you find inspiration from nature and the seasons?

 

In addition to our flagship Poetry Competition, we are also introducing a Spring Picture Competition.

The winner will have their (copyright free photo) used on our Web site Main page.

 

Perhaps your favourite photograph would also provide inspiration to others...  Spring is such a good time for new and creative thought ;)

 

If this is successful we might extend the challenge into all Seasons and publish your picture inspired poetry;)

 

Please send in your photographs by 5th March 2019.

The GWN Chairs will judge and the winner will see their work on line for the first day of Spring 20th March 2019.

 

So! what are you waiting for - grab your cameras, mobiles, box brownies ... and send us your best shot...

 

  • Photographs must be taken by the GWN Member.
  • Your entry assumes permission to publish your photograph on line
  • Email your entries to: pennygwn@gmail.com
  • Don't forget to include your contact details

 

Good luck

 

Kathy and the team


University of Glos. - Creative Writing Anthology

 

Call for Creative Writing submissions
What does heritage mean to you? Family, identity, history… or something more?
The 2019 UOG Creative Writing Anthology – Heritage: New Writing VIII – is inviting prose, poetry and artwork submissions connected to the theme of ‘Heritage’ from Monday 4th February to Friday 8th March 2019. If you’re a student, employee or alumni of the University of Gloucestershire or Humber College, Canada, we want to hear from you!
See here for more details: https://uniofglos.blog/creativewriting/anthology/2019-heritage/ and email submissions to heritageanthology@gmail.com  

heritage feb2019


Stroud Short Stories + Competition Launch

Stroud Short Stories - New dates, new theme, new venue!
The next Stroud Short Stories event will be held on Sunday 19 May 2019 at a new venue, The Cotswold Playhouse in Parliament Street, Stroud.
SSS opens for submissions from Gloucs and South Gloucs writers for this event on I February and closes on 31 March.
The theme is 'Incendiary!' so we are looking for stories, both literally and metaphorically about fire, heat, passion, rebellion, incineration, inflamed feelings, subversion etc.
As always it's free to submit, and we accept both published and unpublished stories.
Ten stories will be chosen by co-judges novelist/short story author, Ali Bacon, and SSS organiser, John Holland. On the night the authors will read their stories to an audience of up to 150 short story lovers.
All the info you need is on the SSS website - http://stroudshortstories.blogspot.com/
Why not subscribe for SSS newsletters so you don't miss a thing? http://stroudshortstories.blogspot.com/p/contact.html

Cheltenham Poetry Festival - Poetry Pamphlet Competition

Cheltenham Poetry Festival are delighted to announce the launch of their Poetry Pamphlet Competition,
This is a fantastic (and rare) opportunity to get your work into print with the Prize of 50 copies of a 32-page pamphlet
plus a publishing contract for  the winner
Cheltenham Poetry Festival will also provide marketing support, including a headline poet event for the winning poet.
           Closing date: 15 January 2019.
Please click through to full details of how to enter:    Frosted Fire Firsts
Good luck everyone !

Competition time...

  • Graffitti Magazine 'Travel' Competitions - Short Story and Poetry


Deadline 31st January 2019. Please see their attachment for the competition rules.

 
  • Evesham Festival of Words Short Story Competition


Find competition rules and festival info here:

WWW.EveshamFestivalofWords

Review - GWN Winner's event by Sharon Webster

Gloucestershire writers’ network event at the Cheltenham Literature Festival

 

An increasing interest in everything writing, a discovery of the Gloucestershire Writers’ Network, and a toe dipped in the water of their competition, finds me in the audience at this event looking forward to hearing the successful

Conceived originally by the Literature Festival, Gloucestershire Writers’ Network was set up to encourage local authors and to inform and unite the various writing groups and this is the show piece of their competition. Although the festival does provide the opportunity of a bigger platform for the winners to air their talents, there is a certain home-grown feeling to the audience and I get the impression there are more than a few local supporters.

It is a warm atmosphere and there is an expectation of enjoyment as the winners and runners up read their prose and poetry pieces, all conforming in some way to the theme “East Meets West”. The breadth of the interpretations is wider, more unusual than I had anticipated, the readings unselfconscious and engaging. I particularly enjoy the prize winning prose piece, “ The Locals ” by Emma Kernahan because it rings true and makes me laugh, and “ Public school - Private Hell “ a poem by  Marilyn Timms,  for the strength of its delivery.  In fact the whole is summed up quite nicely by my neighbour’s comment,

“The standard is much higher than I expected.”

It is as I scan the anthology that I realise the authors have all had some success previously and are not quite the amateurs I thought they were.  **

In the second half we are treated to recitals from the judges themselves, Kim fleet reads extracts from her most recent crime novel “Holy Blood” and Anna Saunders a selection of her poetry, with particular focus on her latest book “Ghosting for Beginners”.

The 50: 50 mix  of poetry and prose makes  the evening varied and entertaining and I will put it on my wish list next year.

As I leave I have a conversation with a stranger about the Ghosts we have seen, it is a good way to end the day thanks to Anna!

 

** Admin Reminder
Please note that the competition is open to all, regardless of experience.  Over the years both experienced and new writers have been represented in the winning line-up.

 


Introducing our GWN Judges and winners 2018

Here are some photographs from our GWN event celebrating the finale of our 2018 Competition

Our congratulations to all winners and to every one who took part - we hope to see you all again next year :))

Photographs courtesy of Howard Timms and Olivia Howarth

Pictured from left to right:

Iris Anne Lewis (Prose runner up) Anna Saunders (Poetry judge) Lynda Fowke (Prose runner up) Emma Kernahan (Prose Winner) Derek Healy (Poetry runner up) Marilyn Timms (Poetry and prose runner up) David Hale (Poetry winner) Kim Fleet Prose judge)

 

 

David Hale - Poetry Winner

Emma Kernahan - Prose Winner

 

Judges Anna Saunders and Kim Fleet in the Waterstones tent

 


Review - GWN Winner's event by Sheila Johnson

The Gloucestershire Writers Network at the Cheltenham Literature Festival

‘East meets West’ was the theme of the 2018 Literature Festival which Gloucestershire writers were asked to interpret. The judges selected this year were short story writer and novelist, Kim Fleet, who judged the prose pieces and Anna Saunders, the CEO of the Cheltenham Poetry Festival and author of five poetry collections, who judged the poetry entries. There were two winners in each category and three runners-up in each. The event this year was a total sell-out as an excited audience consisting of the prize-winning participants, their family, friends and fellow writers gathered around tables in the Nook Marquee at 6.30pm on Sunday 7 October.

The prose winner, Emma Kernahan, from Stroud’s piece was entitled ‘The Locals’, an amusing story about a couple relocating from London to the rural west of England. Emma was thrilled to experience her first competition win with this.

David Hale’s winning poem, ‘Cranes Flying’ was about an archaeological dig unearthing a piece of porcelain, “think willow pattern” he instructed us as he began to read.

We then enjoyed three poems from the runners-up, Derek Healy with his poem, ‘Love’s Convergence, Catherine Baker’s poem ‘Waiting for the boat’ - which was read by her friend Maureen Drew in Catherine’s absence – and Marilyn Timms poem, ‘Public School – Private Hell’. Marilyn was a double runner-up, as she also was a runner-up in the prose section with her piece, ‘Bride Price’. Marilyn has been a runner up in the GWN competition four times but still manages to be surprised by her own talent.

“It’s fantastic to be a runner-up,” she said. “You’re hopeful but you never expect it. I’m just very lucky.”

The other two prose pieces were ‘The Shawl’ by Lynda Fowke and ‘Call me Shadi, Muna, Nasima…’ by Iris Anne Lewis, both dealing with the topical subject of displaced people and refugees.

We then had the pleasure of hearing readings from both the judges, Kim and Anna.

Kim read first from her novel, ‘Featherfoot’ set in the Australian outback and then from her novel, ‘Holy Blood’, set in contemporary and past Cheltenham and dealing with the illegal holy relics trade. Kim confessed to us that all her books have something to do with crime and bodies.

Anna’s poems all came from her latest poetry collection published this year, ‘Ghosting for Beginners’.

“The Gloucestershire Writers Network Competition event is a wonderful opportunity for writers in Gloucestershire,” said Penny Howarth, the joint administrator to the organisation along with Chris Hemingway. “We are very grateful to the Cheltenham Literature Festival for hosting us.”

The Gloucestershire Writers’ Network is a non-profit organisation which connects with writers and writing groups across Gloucestershire by providing them with a central platform. The competition follows the theme of the Cheltenham Literature Festival, which like the festival itself, is run annually and is open to all Gloucestershire writers over the age of sixteen.