Competitions in North Devon

Two opportunities to spread your creative writing wings:

B10 Writing Competition

B10, the North Devon Biosphere Reserve, are celebrating ten years in collaboration with Barnstaple Library by running a short story competition, open to all. There are two categories for children, up to 11, 12-18 and adults. Do look carefully at the guidelines, the themes are Past and Future; Young and Old; and Town and Country. They have a list of words you might dip into, including culture, community, environment, well-being, conservation, wildlife, economy, business, farming and sustainability. (You aren’t required to use all of them!) Prizes include theatre tickets, book tokens and T-shirts. Of course winning is also a notable publishing credit! Closing date: 31st August 2013

The Plough Prize Poetry Competition

Returning this year is the prestigious and international poetry competition, based at the Plough in Torrington. Judged by Andrew Motion, the prizes go up to £1000 and there is no theme suggested. 40 lines, the entry form is on the website. Deadline, 30th November, with an entry fee of £5 per poem. 

On a related note, I will be running two short story workshops at Barnstaple library for free. 20th July (the Long of it) and 10th August (the Short of it), organised by Rosie Godfrey who runs the Parachute Writers group at Barnstape Library, on the first Saturday of each month. The first workshop will focus on raw material for short stories, especially structure, character and location. The second will look at editing, focus, point of view and getting within that pesky word count which at 1000 words is quite tight. Contact the library for more details or email me on

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