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 is for dialogue, limited to one entry per member. The deadline for entries is June 17th. The competition will be judged by the versatile poet and novelist, Mandy Sutter. The adjudication evening will be on Monday, July 8th. This is when results will be announced and members can also receive feedback from Mandy on the submitted pieces. All are welcome.
In 500 words or less, provide a scene from your novel, or an extract from a short story in which dialogue between two or more characters occurs. What is the context and relevance of this conversation? Can you make it realistic and interesting? What does it reveal about the protagonists? Mandy is looking for convincing dialogue that enlightens the overall narrative. It’s fine to add some contextual details if you like, but not strictly necessary as in the judging she is hoping to isolate dialogue as a novel/story mechanism. She’ll be looking at everything put over in that dialogue—character, atmosphere, plot—and also at how the dialogue sits within the prose.
Full details of the competition can be downloaded 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.
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)