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The Royston Pike lecture series

14th Elmbridge Literary competition 2018 - now open

For this year's Literary Competition, we are looking for scary short stories or poems about 'Things that go bump in the night' and send 'a shiver down the spine'. The various age categories are as follows:

  • Ages 5 – 7: Little rhymes and stories

  • Ages 8 - 11 (Junior); Poems and short stories

  • Ages 11 (Secondary) - 13; Poems and short stories

  • Ages 14 - 18; Poems and short stories

  • Age 19+: Poems and short stories

 The brief for children, young people and adult is slightly different this year, as follows:

5-13 Year olds: Things That Go Bump in The Night

Sometimes it’s good to be scared. The heart beats a little faster. The imagination gets a little exercise. Life seems a little more real. A little more interesting. A little more exciting.

What is required:

  • 5-7 years group: Little Rhymes no longer than 20 lines, Stories no longer than 500 words (and can be hand written (but must be legible). Where possible we suggest a typed copy is attached. The Judges will not consider any entries which they cannot read.

  • 8-13 years group: Short stories must be in English, previously unpublished and a maximum length of 1000 words (8-13 years). Poems must be in English, previously unpublished and a maximum length of 30 lines typed double-spaced on single sides of A4 paper.
     

14-18 Year olds and adults: A Shiver Down the Spine

At the Villa Diodati, during a wet, ungenial summer in 1816, Lord Byron challenged three friends to "each write a ghost story". Putting pen to paper, one of those present conjured up a tale to ‘make the reader dread to look round, to curdle the blood, and quicken the beatings of the heart.’ Two hundred years ago that story, Frankenstein, was published. The R C Sherriff Trust and Elmbridge Borough Council are looking for your frightening short stories and poems for this year’s Elmbridge Literary Competition to help commemorate the bicentenary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s masterpiece.

What is required:

  • Short stories must be in English, previously unpublished and a maximum length of 1500 words (for 14+ and adults), typed double-spaced on single sides of A4 paper.

  • Poems must be in English, previously unpublished and a maximum length of 30 lines typed double-spaced on single sides of A4 paper.

Prizes:

For the first, second and third places, prizes are in the form of book tokens with a different value depending on age groups (please check the terms and conditions for further information). Winners will also receive 60 copies of their work in the form of a Chapbook which will be published by Sampson Low.

Closing date for entries: Monday 29 October 2018

For further information, please view our terms and conditions or email arts@rcsherrifftrust.org.uk, mailto:arts@elmbridge.gov.uk or visit the R C Sherriff Trust website

To find out about the arts projects and events taking place in Elmbridge, please contact the Arts Development Officer or check the events calendar

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