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Open Competitions 2014

(general open competitions)

Closing Date: 31st October 2014

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Big Money Prizes
(both categories)

First: £250, Second: £100, Third: £50

  • Short Story – Judged by Tim Wilson.
  • Poetry – Judged by James Nash.
2014 Entry Fees

Competitions closed.

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Entry Fees
  • Both categories: £5 per entry.
  • Poetry only: three poems for £10.
  • Optional critique, for both categories: £5 (don't forget s.a.e.)
  • Please make cheques or postal orders payable to "NAWG".
  • Alternatively, you can use the PayPal options shown on this page.
  • Entry fees must be paid in pounds sterling.
Postal Entries:
Maria O'Sullivan
14 Lagoon Lodge
Tallington Lakes Leisure Park
Barholm Road
Lincolnshire, PE9 4RJ
Tel: 0177 834 4515
E-mail Entries:
  • Put "NAWG Open Writing Comps" in the subject line.
  • Put full entry form details in the body of the message.
  • Attach the story or poem as a Word file.
  • Send to mosullivanfamily@aol.com.
Competition Rules
  1. Entries must be in English and typed or printed on one side of white A4 paper, or formatted for a Word file, accordingly.
  2. Stories can be from 500 to 2,000 words maximum.
  3. Poems can be any style, maximum 40 lines.
  4. Handwritten entries are not permitted.
  5. Stories and poems must be for adults.
  6. Pages should be numbered.
  7. Stories or poems must not have been previously published nor should they have won a prize in another competition.
  8. Send two copies of each postal entry, please. The address is given above ().
  9. Please, do not put your name or any other identifying marks on your manuscript, or within the e-mail attachment.
  • Carefully check each rule.
  • If any competition rule fails to be followed, your entry may be disqualified.
  • Entrants may win more than one prize.
  • As entries will not be returned, please retain a copy.
  • Results will be announced by Christmas 2014.
  • When requesting a critique for a postal entry, please enclose an s.a.e. with the correct postage, or you can opt to have your critique by e-mail, please make this clear.
  • E-mail entries, who have paid for a critique, will receive their critique by e-mail.
  • Please read the full rules on the entry form and use one for all postal entries.
  • Please read the entry form carefully, before making an e-mail entry.
Entry Forms

The 2014 entry form is no longer available, as the competitions are closed.

Short Story Judging and Critiques

By Tim Wilson/AKA Jude Morgan, who has enormous experience as both writer and teacher. He took the MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, and has been a professional writer since 1986. His historical novels written under the name Jude Morgan have attracted rave reviews from Hilary Mantel, Tracy Chevalier and Joanna Trollope. His novel about the Brontes, The Taste Of Sorrow, was shortlisted for the Portico Prize and has been optioned for TV serialisation by BBC Wales. Tim's latest novel The Secret Life of William Shakespeare by Jude Morgan, is his 30th published book.

Poetry Judging and Critiques

By James Nash, a writer and poet, and a long-term resident of Leeds. He is a well-known provider of creative writing workshops in schools, universities and in the community, and is regularly called on as a host of literary events. Latest publication Some Things Matter: 63 Sonnets.

Results & Awarded Entries

You can see the results and read some of the awarded entries from 2014 and previous years. Click here for a listing of these articles.

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