First Aurora Poetry and Short Story Competition Launched

The first ever Aurora Poetry and Short Fiction Competition now open for entries!

Prizes: 1st £500/ 2nd £100/ 3rd £50

Plus the Stonewood Press Prize for the best home-grown talent from the East Midlands: £70

The first ever Aurora Poetry and Short Fiction Open Competition is now open for entries! The judges are the TS Eliot Prize shortlisted poet Pascale Petit and novelist and short story writer Paul McVeigh. Entries should be received by Monday 1st February 2016 via or by post to Writing East Midlands Aurora Competition, 49 Stoney St, Nottingham, NG1 1LX.

This is the very first time that Writing East Midlands has run the competition, and organisers hope that it will attract entries from international and UK writers, including those living and working in the region.

As well as being in with a chance of winning the main prizes, writers from the East Midlands will be able to enter their work for the Stonewood Press Regional Prize a £70 cash prize plus the opportunity to attend a fully funded writing course of the winner’s choice at Writing School East Midlands.  #auroracomp #stonewoodprize

Full competition rules and entry requirements can be found at the Writing East Midlands’ website:


Pascale Petit’s sixth poetry collections, including the recent Fauverie, have been shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize and chosen as Books of the Year in theTimes Literary SupplementIndependent and Observer.

Paul McVeigh’s debut novel, The Good Son (Salt) was shortlisted for The Guardian’s ‘Not The Booker’ Prize 2015. His short stories that have been published in literary journals and anthologies, read on BBC Radio 5 and commissioned by BBC Radio 4.

Enter the first AURORA Poetry and Short Fiction Open Competition

1st Prize £500. Judged by renowned poet Pascale Petit and acclaimed short fiction writer Paul McVeigh.

Closing Date 1st February 2016 – first submission £7, subsequent submissions £5.50