Competitions are an integral part of the Wells Festival of Literature, with entries increasing every year. In 2016 submissions arrived from all seven continents – some 861 altogether! Our poetry competition has been running since the Festival began, and our short story competition since 1994. The entries they attract are mostly of an extremely high calibre. In 2016 we added a new category to the mix: A Book for Children. We were delighted with the number and quality of entries for this last year. We also supported a separate initiative run by the Wells Journal: two short story competitions for children.