​Journey underway in North Notts Writing Competition

​Journey underway in North Notts Writing Competition

The next chapter of the North Notts Writing Competition is about to be written as the annual literary prize continues its journey for the fifth year.

The well-respected competition saw a record breaking number of entries in 2019 thanks to the introduction of two new categories and a partnership with the inaugural North Notts Lit Fest.

Writers and poets of all ages are again encouraged to get creative as the 2020 competition welcomes entries on the theme of ‘Journeys’ in four categories - Short Story, Poetry, Children’s Short Story and, a new category - Children’s Poetry.

Taking inspiration from the 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower Pilgrims leaving English shores for the New World, this year’s theme is ‘Journeys’, which can be expressed as any form of journey - physical, emotional, creative, spiritual, fantastical. The choice is yours!

Former winner and North Notts Literary Ambassador, Liz Carney-Marsh, said:

“I'm thrilled that the North Notts Writing Competition is back again this year and we have even more categories for writers of all ages to become involved in. Whether you've never written before or you've been writing for years, we want to hear your stories.

“Our theme this year is 'Journey's' and we want writers to be as creative as possible; from personal journeys to adventurous journeys! The choice is yours! So get writing and enjoy the journey!"

As always, entries to all competitions should have a link to North Nottinghamshire in order to be in the running for a first place prize of £300 in the adult short story and poetry categories and £50 worth of book vouchers in the children’s categories.

Cllr Jo White, Cabinet Member for Regeneration at Bassetlaw District Council, added: “Our writing competition continues to go from strength to strength and last year attracted submissions of a very impressive calibre in both the adult and children’s sections.

“We have some extremely talented and creative writers in North Nottinghamshire and I’m looking forward to seeing their interpretations of the theme of ‘Journeys’. The Covid-19 lockdown has placed huge restrictions and limitations on travel and this is a perfect opportunity for you to allow your imaginations to run away and create the trip of your dreams.”

All of the information on how to enter and can be found at www.nnlf.org.uk

Entrants to the adult short story and poetry competitions should be aged 15 or over, with stories running to a maximum of 6,000 words. Submitted poems can have up to 40 lines and all works must be previously unpublished.

Those entering the children’s categories must be aged between 6 and 14 years old. Children’s short stories can have a maximum of 400 words, and children’s poetry a maximum of 20 lines. Full rules of entry for each category can be found at www.nnlf.org.uk

Submissions for all four categories should be made before the deadline of 31st August 2020. Competition entries can be made online at: www.nnlf.org.uk under the North Notts Writing Competition dropdown, or by emailing your entry with full contact details to competition@nnlf.org.uk

Short listed entries from all categories will be published in a very special way during the ‘digital and distanced’ North Notts Lit Fest 2020 between Saturday 12th September and Saturday 19th September, with overall winners also announced during the week.


Last Updated on Thursday, June 25, 2020