SWLF Writing Competition 2024
Submissions Now Open
All the details you need to know - but PLEASE read the rules first!
Word Count & Attachment
800 words fiction/non-fiction
or 40 lines poetry
Word doc or pdf only.
Please do not paste your work into the body of your email
£3.50 entry* - plus booking fee
Please pay the fee via the category button before you email your work
Over 16s only
Midnight, Friday 29th March 2024
How to submit your writing
Submitting is an easy 2 step process;
1. Pay your fee via the category button below
2. Email us your entry with your booking reference number to. firstname.lastname@example.org
We really look forward to reading your submission.
The Competition Judges
Creative Non-fiction: Gwyneth Box
Children’s author, award-winning poet and workshop facilitator, Gwyneth is a regular at open mikes and on local radio, and has performed her poetry at TEDx Leamington Spa and Art in the Park. She hosts the monthly TreeHouse Sessions for music and spoken word at the TreeHouse Bookshop in Kenilworth. Gwyneth has written in many genres over the years, but her creativity inclines to poetry and non-fiction in English and Spanish. On the commercial side, she specialises in copy writing, particularly in the fields of lifestyle, travel and technology, as well as helping businesses and professionals to find their own voices in a sometimes baffling world of words.
You'll find more about her – including links to her books, courses and social media – on her website: gwynethbox.com.
Fiction: Sue Burke
Sue Burke is an author and translator. Her novels include Dual Memory, Immunity Index, Semiosis, Interference, and Usurpation (forthcoming, by Tor). Her work has been nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, John W. Campbell Memorial Award, and the Locus Best First Novel Award. In addition, she writes short stories, poetry, journalism, and essays. She also translates novels, poetry, scripts, and non-fiction from Spanish into English, and won the 2016 Alicia Gordon Award for Word Artistry in Translation from the American Translators Association. She currently lives in Chicago, Illinois.
More information about Sue at sueburke.site
Poetry: Beth Brooke
Poet Beth Brooke is based in Dorset and her work is grounded in the Wessex landscape and in its history. She is interested in how we are shaped by the landscapes in which we live and have lived. Before retirement from teaching she wrote history and English textbooks for secondary age pupils but has since found Poetry writing to be much more fun. Her debut pamphlet, A Landscape With Birds was published by Hedgehog Poetry in 2022 and Beth’s second pamphlet, Transformation, was also published by Hedgehog in 2023. Beth also runs poetry workshops.
Read more about Beth at www.bethbrookepoetry.co.uk/
The competition organisers reserve the right to change the judge without notice and not to award prizes if in the judge’s opinion such an action is justified.
Don't forget to read
The Competition Rules