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The Wells Festival writing competitions entries are coming in thick and fast. If you haven't got yours in yet - there isn't long to go...

Good Luck to all who enter.

Entries cost £5 each. Purchase entry tokens and upload your entries using the menu links on the left of this page.

Following the huge success of the street theatre which brought the City alive on 21st March, the Wells Festival of Literature is anticipating a large increase in entries in the Short Story and Poetry Competitions. The very high quality of monologues written by those who had attended one of the six free seminars by Sheila Hannon of Bristol's Show of Strength, demonstrates how much literary talent there is in and around Wells. Many of the authors had never entered a writing competition before.

As well as the three prizes for winners of £500, £200 and £100 in both categories, Emma Craigie, Chair of the Festival, is delighted to announce that the prize for a local poet will be named in honour of Hilly Cansdale who died in August last year. The Wyvern Prize will be awarded to a local short story author.

Hilly was an accomplished poet, having won a competition for which the prize was a week with Ted Hughes when she was just 21. In 2013 she published, together with three other friends, a selection of eighteen of her poems in a small volume, Four Quantock Poets from Aisholt. She gave strict instructions before she died that no fuss was to be made but the attendance of more than 700 people at the celebration of her life in Wells Cathedral demonstrated what an amazing lady she was. "If asked," said Michael Cansdale, "she would have been horrified to have this prize named after her, but underneath I think she would have been very chuffed at this appreciation."

Rhidian Brook, the award-winning novelist (The Testimony of Taliesin Jones; The Aftermath), award-winning short story writer, screen writer, copywriter and broadcaster will judge the 2015 Short Story competition and present the prizes. He will also run a workshop on Sunday 11th October, comparing the craft of novel writing with that of writing for the screen.

Peter Oswald, the Poetry judge is a playwright who writes in verse. He was the first writer in residence at The Globe and he has collaborated with Mark Rylance who has championed his work. He works in a long tradition of poet playwrights and has founded his own Devon-based company. He is married to the poet Alice Oswald. Entries are open to anyone throughout the world.

Entries for the Short Story Competition can be on any subject and should be between 1,000 and 2,000 words long. Those for the Poetry Competition should show imagination skill and originality; they can be on any subject but may not exceed 40 lines in length. Deadline for entries is 31st July.


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