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The 24th Wells Festival of Literature. Save the dates (14th – 22nd October) and watch out for news of our speakers.


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Photos of the 2015 Festival, courtesy of Charles Glover

Emma Craigie

Competitions launched – with a brand new category

To mark our 24th anniversary we have launched a great new competition for 2016: Writing for Children. The stories will be judged by award-winning children’s writer Jeremy de Quidt whose most recent book The Feathered Man was nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal.

Our regular competitions also continue: the Hilly Cansdale prize will once again be awarded to the finest entry from a local poet, with Greta Stoddart judging all entries. And our ever popular Short Story Competition will be judged by Alison Moore whose work has been included in various anthologies including Best British Short Stories and Best British Horror.

Prizes in all categories: First £500, second £200 and third £100, plus the Wyvern Prize will be given to the best local short story author.

The deadline for all entries is 30 June 2016. So don’t delay; start writing!

For full details HERE

Emma Craigie


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The aim of the Festival is to promote books and the love of reading in the community and particularly in schools...
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