Aspiring authors ‘In Great Company’

Aspiring authors will be ‘In Great Company’ this summer as the North Notts Writing Competition is back for its sixth year and is now open for entries.  

Writers and poets of all ages are again encouraged to get creative as the 2021 competition welcomes entries on the theme of ‘In Great Company’ in four categories - Short Story, Poetry, Children’s Short Story and Children’s Poetry.

Despite taking place in the middle of a global pandemic, last year’s competition saw a huge number of entries across all four categories, with the winners announced and their creations read aloud during the finale to the North Notts Lit Fest.

Former winner and North Notts Literary Ambassador, Liz Carney-Marsh, said: “This year’s competition follows our festival theme ‘In Great Company’. We know the last year and a half has been difficult and many people have been isolating for some time, so we want to tackle loneliness in our community by bringing people together through the power of words.”

“We share so much with others from stories to recipes, plays to poetry and this year’s competition and LitFest will celebrate all that is wonderful about being ‘In Great Company’.”

Now in its sixth year, 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.

“Coronavirus has forced people apart for the last 18 months and we’d like to help to bring people back together with this year’s theme of ‘In Great Company’. We have some extremely talented and creative writers in North Nottinghamshire and I’m looking forward to reading and hearing their stories and creations.”

Sally Gillborn, CEO of North Notts BID, said: “We are delighted to again be sponsoring the increasingly successful North Notts Writing Competition and Literary Festival, encouraging and supporting aspiring literary talent of all ages from across North Notts.  The competition highlights just how creative North Nottinghamshire is by bringing to the forefront so many talented authors encompassing this year’s theme of ‘In Great Company’.”

The closing date for all entries is Tuesday 31 August and all of the information on how to enter, rules of entry and the prizes for each category can be found on the North Notts Lit Fest website.

The competition is run by The North Notts Lit Fest and funded by Bassetlaw District Council and North Notts BID. All genres are welcome and creativity and originality will be celebrated!

Last Updated on Tuesday, January 4, 2022