1. Open to anyone aged 16 or over living, working or studying in Gloucestershire (including South Gloucestershire).

2. Poems and prose pieces must be on The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival 2018 theme of ‘East meets West’. You may interpret the theme as widely as you like. Please give your entry a title that is different from the competition theme.

3. Entries must be identified only by title, do not put your name on your entry.

4. Please complete the entry form (download printable PDF here) or send a covering letter containing name, address, phone number, email address and titles of the poems/prose pieces entered. If posting, please send two copies of your work. Entries may be submitted through our website here, emailed to competition@gloswriters.org.uk, or posted to:

GWN Competition Administrator
c/o 76 Horsefair Street
Charlton Kings
Cheltenham
Glos. GL53 8JH

You can pay through PayPal or post a cheque to the Competitions Administrator, payable to Gloucestershire Writers’ Network. Please ensure you put the right value of stamps according to the size of envelope.

5. Poems should be no more than 50 lines.

6. Prose pieces should use double spacing and be no more than 750 words.

7. Entries must be typed on A4 paper in a standard font e.g. Arial 12 point.

8. No amendments can be made to your work once submitted. We are unable to enter into correspondence.

9. Entries must not have been previously published online or in print.

10.Winners and runners up will be notified by early September. Results will be posted on the GWN website shortly afterwards.

11. If you wish to know the results of the competition, please include an s.a.e. marked ‘Results’ or specify if you wish to be notified by email.

12. Copyright of poems and prose pieces remains with the author but the Gloucestershire Writers’ Network reserves the right to publish work in the 2018 competition pamphlet and online.

13. GWN prefers the winning writers and runners-up to read his or her own work at The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival event. lf you are selected but subsequently cannot read your work at the Festival your work will be withdrawn unless you can provide a substitute reader.