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SWLF Writing Competition 2024

SWLF Writing Competition 2024 

The Winners &

A huge congratulations to all our brilliant writers! 


Vivit Post Funera Virtus - Richard Chapman

A Perfect Day - David Gilbert

Diablo - Jaime Gill 

Creative Non-Fiction

Bagsy-blobsy No Back Answers - Jan Kaneen

How I Found My Parents - Christine Hogarth

All the Things - Letty Butler 


Fossil - anon

Blackbird - Cecilia Rose

Ode To An Obsession - Teddy Todd-Hinton

Read the Judges' Report here

The next SWLF Writing Competition will open January 13th 2025

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:

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

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

  • 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.

Competition Now Closed
Subs will reopen January 2025


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


Now Closed

Don't forget to read

The Competition Rules 

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