The Leeds Writers Circle runs three competitions a year. The competitions are open to all paid-up members of the circle, and are free to enter.
The next competition is for short stories and will be judged by Alison Lock.
In 1000 words or less, write a short story that is set in the natural world i.e., in a forest or woodland, on moorland or heath, on a mountain, at the coast, or out at sea. Explore how character and nature interconnect. How does the environment affect the protagonist/s and vice versa? Is there a transformative moment that leaves the reader thinking about your story long after it is read?
The closing date for entries is Monday, November 11th 2019. The adjudication will take place on Monday, January 13th 2020.
Download the full details here.
The Annavation Award (named after veteran member Anna Sutcliffe) is presented at the discretion of the judge to one entry which, while not necessarily being a first/second/third prizewinner, shows originality and/or innovation in writing style, content, presentation or any other facet deemed pertinent by the judge.
DIALOGUE (judged by Mandy Sutter)
From left to right: Pat Pickavance, Judge Mandy Sutter, Rita Morrison (with winner’s trophy), Linda Fulton, Ian Harker and Jenny Tennant-Jackson.
POETRY (judged by Angela Topping)
SHORT STORY (judged by Martyn Bedford)
Back row, left to right: Graeme Hall, David Cundall (with winner’s trophy), Judge Martyn Bedford, Jason; Front: Sue Ryder (with Annavation trophy) and Linda Fulton. (With apologies to David from the photographer for inadvertently hiding his fine features from view!)
ANYTHING GOES (judged by Andy Humphrey)
Judge Andy Humphrey (centre) with winner Sunyi Dean and third placed Peter Richardson
POETRY (judged by Sarah Corbett)
MONOLOGUE (judged by Paul Ratcliffe)
SHORT STORY (judged by Linda Lee Welch)
Winner Peter Richardson pictured above with our excellent judge, Linda Lee Welch.
Winners from left to right: Andrew Lambeth (Highly Commended), Linda Fulton (Second), Ian Harker (Third plus the Annavation award) and Peter Richardson (First).
SPECULATIVE FICTION (judged by Justina Robson)