2018 Competitions Shortlists

The shortlisted entries for our 2018 competitions are now available. Once the final judging has taken place the prizes will be awarded to the winners. This Prize Giving will take place during the Festival at a special ceremony in Cedars Hall Wells on 21 October. Timings are as follow:
11 am       Young Poets Reading, followed by Prize Giving
12 noon   Main Poetry Reading
1.15 pm    Prize Giving for Short Story, Poetry and Book for Children

We would like to thank everyone who entered. If your work has not been shortlisted this year – please try again in 2019!

Short Story Competition

Helen Stevenson, Judge of the Short Story Competition - Wells Festival of LiteratureOur Short Story judge is Helen Stevenson, author of three novels and a memoir. She translates French fiction and teaches piano, having studied modern languages at Somerville College, Oxford. Helen began her career reading unsolicited manuscripts at Curtis Brown Literary Agency and then worked as an editor in publishing. Her memoir Love Like Salt was chosen by the Guardian’s Maggie O’ Farrell as one of the best books of the year.
Short Story Competition – shortlisted entries

A Familiar FaceDenise Bayes
Be Careful What You Wish For Allan Hawkins
BeachedMaria Burke
Bitter AlmondsEllie Pearson
Bring Us HomeEllen Evers
Don’t Shoot the PeoniesRichard Betton-Foster
EntanglementAlex Reece Abbott
Human FrailtyClaire Barnard
In the MomentClare Weze
James and Jessica: New BeginningsBarbara Lorna Hudson
Mr Flint and the FireRichard Hooton
My Mother’s TypewriterEvan Guilford-Blake
Now we are PinkMax Dunbar
Red or Black Iain Andrews
ScarsSue McCormick
Someone’s MistakeTess Niland Kimber
The Blue HourDreena Collins
The Fire Breathing Dragon of SalfordRichard Hooton
The Kissing Post Michelle Briscombe
The Ladder of LifeJudith Wilson
The-No-Sole-Hole Rory Duffy
The Novel
Josie Turner
The Number GameLiz Andersen
WatchingKate Glover

Poetry Competition

Terry Gifford, Judge of the Poetry Competition - Wells Festival of Literature‘Full of tenderness and sharp wit’ Terry Gifford’s long-awaited eighth collection is A Feast of Fools (Cinnamon Press, 2018). In addition to his poetry, Terry is also the author of Green Voices: Understanding Contemporary Nature Poetry (2nd edn. 2011) as well as having written/edited seven books on Ted Hughes. He is Visiting Research Fellow at Bath Spa University and Profesor Honorifico at the University of Alicante.
Poetry Competition – shortlisted entries

AntarcticaElizabeth Rowe
A Response to Just CriticismRobin Kidson
At Week’s End Rob Sanders
Call Me Ishmael and Jude Philip Dunn
Call To PrayerJoy Kenward
Darkness lies there, stanza sleeping still Mike Lee
Deer In EdenRobin Kidson
Early RisersGordon Aindow
From Langport to Mulcheney
Rosie Jackson
GeistChristopher North
How to Play the PianoSherri Turner
JardiniereKerry Darbishire
LiferLinda Saunders
Never AgainElizabeth Rowe
One little room, an every whereRosie Jackson
PipistrelleGary Bills
Priest’s CoveElizabeth Rowe
Raptor’s BillLinda Burnett
Shiva’s AnimalsAlan Hawley
The Albino FerretDeborah Harvey
The Convent Girls’ Reunion Margaret Histed
The Cretto di BurriEstelle Price
The Meet Isobel Thrilling
The way of the dead, Isle of MullSharon Black
They do not remember the dead Alice Herve
To CameraSue Worth
Watching Moby DickIan McDonough

Book for Children Competition

Gill McLay, Judge of the Book for Children Competition - Wells Festival of LiteratureFounder and artistic director of the Bath Children’s Literature Festival, Gill McLay runs the Bath Literary Agency specialising in children’s writers of fiction, non-fiction and picture books. Gill has worked in publishing since graduating from Oxford Brookes in 1996 and has experience in both small independent and large global companies. Her experience offers a unique insight into the different roles and sectors within the world of children’s books that take an author’s story to the reader. In addition to the cash prize, Gill will be offering a one-to-one critique to the winning author.
Book for Children Competition – shortlisted entries

Callisto Strange Andrew Miller
Frankie and the Howling Woods Ciaran McCabe
Imaginer RoyalColin Jones
Orpheus StreetCatherine Alexandra
Overground Rebecca English
Taking Flight James Dron
Teapot Dreams Rebecca White
The Girl Who Fell Through the Map Mathew Iredale
The Midnight Tower Andrew Miller
The Ragged Gull Helen Gordon
The Stone Feather Kate Lee
Train Numbers Ian Barratt
Troglodyte Lydia Massiah
WolfstongueSam Thompson

Young Poets Competition

Miriam Nash, Judge of the Young Poets Competition - Wells Festival of LiteratureOur judge in this exciting new category is Miriam Nash – a poet, performer and educator. Her first collection of poems All the Prayers in the House was published by Bloodaxe Books in 2017. It won an Eric Gregory Award (2015) and was runner-up for the Edwin Morgan Award (2016). Miriam leads creative writing and performance workshops in schools, museums, mental health organisations and prisons.

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