Monday, 28 April 2008

International Poetry Competition

£11,000 worth of prizes to be won!

The Arvon International Poetry Competition 2008 - which opens on May 1st - is judged by Poet Laureate Andrew Motion, Moniza Alvi and Alice Oswald.
The Classic FM First Prize is £5,000, the Second Prize is £2,500, the Third Prize is £1,000 and there are three commendation prizes of £500 each. The Ted Hughes Environmental Poetry Prize is £1,000 plus Ted Hughes publications and will go to the best poem that deals with the environment, in the broadest sense.

You can submit your poems online from May 1st 2008 or download an entry form from Arvon's competition section. Deadline for entries is 5pm on 15 August 2008.

Friday, 25 April 2008

The Winchester Writers' Conference

The Winchester Writers' Conference , held at the University of Winchester, Hampshire is an astounding opportunity for writers, new and experienced, to brush up their skills, hear talks and pick up tips and techniques from authors, as well as providing the chance to meet agents and publishers. There are week long workshops and mini workshops held from Friday evening to Sunday morning on a range of topics including, building your characters, generating ideas, how to write comedy for television radio and magazines, finding your style, writing children's stories, thrillers and short stories, and much, much more.

The week long workshops run from 30 June to 4 July 2008 and the festival and book fair from 27 -29 June 2008. This year the wonderful Colin Dexter OBE will give the keynote address on 28 June entitled "DE-mystifying the Writing Code". He will draw on his own experiences as an acclaimed crime novelist with an all consuming love of English literature and poetry. For full details and a programme visit or telephone 01962 827107.