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 current competition, for poetry will be judged by local award winning writer, Mark Connors. The deadline is Monday, March 2nd with the adjudication taking place on Monday, April 6th.
The challenge for this poetry competition is to write a Persona Poem. Whether your persona is fictional or based on a historical character, film star, musician, artist or writer or just an ordinary or extraordinary everyday Joe or Joanne, a him, her, or they, tell us something unusual, something unexpected. It doesn’t have to be true but it does have to be engaging. Tell it slant and make it count. 40 lines max. As with any poem, Mark says he will be looking for a deft sense on line and maybe a touch of musicality. Most importantly, don’t make the ‘I’ of your poem another version of yourself. Write out of your comfort zones, Good luck!
Full details of the competition can be downloaded here.
Please note: 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.
SHORT STORY (judged by Alison Lock)
From left to right: Joanna Bucktrout, Philip Tempest, Judge Alison Lock, Mark Pennington, Jason
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)