Literary competition

The 16th Elmbridge literary competition 2020-2021

This year’s theme is “Music'. 

Literature and music have always gone hand in hand. Poets and authors, from Percy Shelley To William Shakespeare, John Keats to Jane Austen and Nick Hornby to Roddy Doyle have woven it as themes through their works. 2021 is the 150th Anniversary of the Royal Albert Hall, a venue which has seen every style of music performed beneath its iconic dome. To celebrate this, the 16th Elmbridge Literary Competition is looking for poems and short stories that take music as their inspiration.

The literary competition is run in partnership between The R C Sherriff Trust and Elmbridge Borough Council, it is open to all ages.  

The age categories are:

  • Ages 5-7 - Little Rhymes and Stories

  • Ages 8-10/11 - (Junior School) Poems and Stories

  • Ages 11-13 - Poems and Stories

  • Ages 14-18 - Poems and Stories

  • Ages 19 plus - Poems and Stories

Entry for adults is £5. Under 18s free. There is a cash prize for adult winning entries and book tokens for children. Publishers Sampson Low will publish the winning entries as a Chapbook. Small and affordable forms of literature, Chapbooks historically used to be sold on the streets, and covered a wide range of subjects.

To view the terms and conditions, full details on prizes and to register for competition, please visit the R C Sherriff Trust website. Closing date for entries is Friday 5 February 2021

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