Deadline for Buzzwords Open Poetry Competition

This is the last week to polish your entries and send them off to Buzzwords.

1st prize-£600.   Runner-up- £300.    5 x commended-£50 each.

Sole Judge:  Graham Burchell - who will read all entries

Closing date for entriesMidnight, 25th August 2018.

The Gloucestershire Prize- £200. (for Gloucestershire residents only).

Please see the Buzzwords Website HERE for more information and entry details

Good Luck to everyone

Congratulations to Christine Griffin

Gloucester Writer Christine Griffin is celebrating second place in the


For her story 'Doing my Best'

We think the story title is quite fitting - well done Christine ;)

GWN - Early August Newsletter

Hello Writers
Thank you to all who entered this year's GWN competition.  The judges are busy reading an impressive bunch of entries.  We hope to be able to post the results at the end of August/beginning of September.
Cheltenham Writers' Retreat
The next retreat takes place on Sunday 19 August, from 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. at Create on the Square, Cheltenham.  The cost of £35 includes lunch.  For more details follow this link:
Cheltenham Creative Writers Group
Please note they won't be meeting on Monday 27th August as it's a bank holiday.
Buzzwords Poetry Competition 2018
The Buzzwords Poetry Competition, judged by Graham Burchell, closed at midnight, 25 August 2018.  For further information go to:
Workshop with Dr Kim Fleet
Novel Endings: Completing and Publishing Your Novel
When: 10-4, Saturday 22nd September, 2018
Where: Isbourne Holistic Centre, Wolseley Terrace, Cheltenham
Cost: £65

Have you finished writing your novel? Are you wondering about your next steps and how to get it published? Are you confused by the different publishing options available?

This workshop will cover tips for giving your manuscript a final polish; agents - what they do, if you need one, and how to get one;  self-publishing v ‘traditional’ publishing; and how to improve your chances of publishing success

Bookings close on 7th September.
More information and to book a ticket:
Summer Party at New Bohemians, Charlton Kings
New Bohemians' summer party offers a fabulous programme of exciting music, a wealth of poetry talent, and an opportunity for you to share a summer-themed poem of your own at open mic (plus a glass or two of wine!).

Don't forget to let us have your writing news for the newsletter or if you would like news of events, writing successes, book launches etc to be posted on our website please

With best wishes
Penny and Kathryn

New Bohemian's Summer Party

Dear poetry lovers

We hope you’ll joining us at our Summer Party!
We’ve a fabulous programme of exciting music, a wealth of poetry talent, and an opportunity to share a summer-themed poem of your own at open mic (plus a glass or two of wine).

GWN Newsletter July 2018

Hello Writers
Please see this months GWN Newsletter -
Happy Writing
Download here:  GWN Newsletter July 2018

Cheltenham Creative Writers have a new home...

You are invited to come along and write with the CHELTENHAM CREATIVE WRITERS

This is a fortnightly Creative Writing Group  (Previously the Cheltenham Waterstones Creative Writing Group)

They meet every two weeks in the Frog and fiddle on lower High street Cheltenham on a Monday evening.

We welcome everyone from experienced writers to people who want to try creative writing for the first time.

Each meeting we set a writing prompt for the following meeting, but people are more than welcome to share their own work with the group.

Winners of the Coleford Festival of Words

Winners of the Coleford Festival of Words 2018 'Ten' themed writing competition
The winners as judged by Forest of Dean resident and author Andrew Taylor, were announced on Saturday 7 July by Baroness Jan Royall at an event as part of the Tenth Coleford Festival of Words.

Congratulations to Julia Bohanna, winner,  Toni Wilde (2nd) and Rebecca Klassen (3rd). Thank you also to Chepstow Bookshop and Dean Writers' Circle for the 1st and 2nd prizes.

Read the ten shortlisted entries in the Festival's online anthology,  which can be found here: Coleford Festival Anthology

Coleford Festival of Words 2018

John Holland wins Dorset Fiction Prize

Congratulations to John Holland.

Stroud Short Stories organiser and former GWN prose prize runner-up John Holland has won the Dorset Fiction Award £500 First Prize for his story 'Cows'.

The Dorset Award is for works under 1,000 words.

Read his story here :

Chris Hemingway - poetry collection launch party

On 12th July , Chris Hemingway will be launching his new poetry collection

‘Party in the Diaryhouse’

Please see our EVENTS CALENDAR for full details – and make a note for your own diary…

Congratulations Chris!

New book from Amanda Reynolds

We are pleased to tell you about a forthcoming book launch by Cotswolds Writer Amanda Reynolds.

This is Amanda's second book following the success of her debut novel - a psychological drama called 'Close to

Please RSVP to Amanda if you would like to attend.