Wells Festival of Literature competitions

This from Wells:

Dear Festival Supporter

We just thought that you would like to know that the Wells Literary Festival writing competitions are now  open.

Nearly £2000 worth of prizes will be won in the three Wells Festival of Literature competitions which are open to creative writers.  There are four prizes for winners of the first two competitions – £500, £200, £100 and a local prize on top of £100 on top – and entries are open to anyone in the world.

For the Short Story Competition, entries may be on any subject and should bebetween 1,000 and 2,000 words in length.

Katie Fforde, widely published writer of novels and short stories, will judge the competition, give a talk and present the prize.

Entries in the Poetry Competition should show imagination, skill and originality.  They may be on any subject but may not exceed 40 lines in length.  Andrew Motion, previously Poet Laureate, will judge the poetry competition and present the prize.

Janet Laurence, creator of the successful Darina Lisle and Canaletto stories, will judge the crime novel competition and present the prizes.  The winning entry will be read by a major publisher and by a leading agent with a cash prize of £100.  Mrs Laurence may also arrange for an exceptional runner-up entry to be read by an agent or publisher as well.

Nearly £2000 worth of prizes will be won in the three Wells Festival of Literature competitions which are open to creative writers.  There are four prizes for winners of the first two competitions – £500, £200, £100 and a local prize on top of £100 on top – and entries are open to anyone in the world.

For the Short Story Competition, entries may be on any subject and should bebetween 1,000 and 2,000 words in length.  Katie Fforde, widely published writer of novels and short stories, will judge the competition, give a talk and present the prize.
Entries in the Poetry Competition should show imagination, skill and originality.  They may be on any subject but may not exceed 40 lines in length.  Andrew Motion, previously Poet Laureate, will judge the poetry competition and present the prize.
The opening chapter (no longer than 3,000 words) and plot synopsis (500-1,000 words) of an original idea should form the entry for the Crime Novel Competition.

Deadline for all entries is 31st July 2014.  Further details of the competition and entry rules will be found on http://www.wellsfestivalofliterature.org.uk

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