Literary competition

The 18th Elmbridge literary competition (2023)

Theme: The Road 

Some roads are long and winding, some lead to nowhere. From the ones less travelled to those that go on and on, roads and journeys taken along them - whether real or symbolic - have always been a common theme in literature.

Why did we pick this theme?

2023 is the 30th anniversary of The R C Sherriff Trust who runs the Elmbridge Literary Competition in partnership with us. Much of Sherriff’s writing involved journeys, some literal and others metaphorical; but all equally compelling. His most famous work, ‘Journey’s End’, is a poignant epitaph for WW1 soldiers who took their last journey through life in the WW1 trenches.

Competition launch 

The competition will launch on 14 September at the Sam Beare Bookshop on Weybridge High Street at 12pm. You are invited to come along and meet our panel of judges. 


There are prizes for each age category and an Elmbridge Prize for the best story or poem in the adult category submitted by an Elmbridge resident. The Competition runs in partnership with publishers Sampson Low, who will publish the winning entries as a Chapbook.

Entry fees and terms and condition

Closing date

Monday 27 February

More information

Visit the R C Sherriff website, email the Elmbridge Literary Competition officeor the Arts Development Officer, or call 01932 229996.

2022 Literary Competition results

The 2022 theme was 'Enigma'. The full list winning entries can be found on the  R C Sherriff Trust website.

Congratulations to all the winning, highly commended and commended authors. 

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