2016 Leominster Festival Writing Competition

The Leominster Festival has just launched its 2016 Writing competition, with two categories: prose and poem.


Age groups: Junior (under 16) and Senior (over 16) (These age groups may be sub-divided depending on the numbers of entries).

Theme: “Leominster Landscapes”. The subject of the piece can be anything relating to the nature and environment of Leominster for example, the birds in your back garden, the view over the Arrow Valley or a walk along the River Lugg. The theme applies to both classes.


Prose: up to 500 words of ction or non- ction, written or printed on just one side of each sheet, preferably double spaced. The title should be written on every page and pages numbered,
Poetry: Maximum 8 lines. Any layout is accepted so long as it is legible. Single page only.

The competition is open to anyone. Posthumous entries are not eligible. Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and not previously published in any form or have won or been commended in any other competition. Entries cannot be changed after receipt and fees cannot be refunded.
Any number of entries will be accepted from any entrant.

The entrant’s name should not be written on the entry, but each entry must be accompanied by an entry form.

Entrance fee: individuals – £2 per entry. Entries through a school or college are free. Cash or cheques payable to Leominster Festival.

Closing date: 24th April 2016

To download an entry form, click here.

Prizes: A cheque for £25 donated by Orphans’ Press will be presented for the winning entry in each category (up to 6 in all). In the case of entries made through a school this cheque will be made payable to the school to be shared

with the winner. Certi cates will be presented to winners and runners-up, designed and printed by Orphans’ Press.

Shortlisted entrants in each category will be noti ed before 20th May and will be invited to attend the Awards Ceremony at Grange Court at 6 p.m. on Friday 27th May.

Shortlisted entries will be on display throughout the Festival (site to be decided).

A list of winners and runners-up will be displayed on the Festival website after the awards ceremony.

Entries should be posted or delivered to:

Peter Ellis, Woodside House, Bridge Street, Leominster HR6 8DZ

A team of judges will select the shortlist and the winning entries. The judges’ decision is nal and no correspondence can be entered into. Worldwide copyright remains with the author but the Leominster Festival reserves the right to publish short-listed entries if it so wishes. The judges reserve the right to withhold the prize if entries are not of a high enough standard.

Entries will only be acknowledged if a stamped-addressed postcard is provided marked Leominster Festival Writing Competition – Acknowledgement.

Entries will only be returned after the results have been announced. They will be posted to entrants only if a stamped addressed envelope of appropriate size is provided with the entries.

Entry implies acceptance of the rules.

The organisers reserve the right to change the age-groups and prize distribution depending on the entries.

To find out more about this year’s Festival visit the Facebook page or email us on info@leominsterfestival.co.uk