As requested by my readers, I’m starting to share more on upcoming events and current competitions in the writing world. Today’s excerpt is about the Winchester Writer’s Festival which is an excellent event if you’re looking to buy tickets. If not, all their competitions are currently still open until the middle of April and anyone can submit.

The Winchester Writers’ Festival provides inspiration, support and unparalleled networking opportunities for creative writers working in all forms and genres. Our three-day weekend is packed full of workshops, talks and one-to-one appointments with over 70 literary agents, commissioning editors, authors, poets and publishing experts.

Below is a list of all their competitions.


Entrants are invited to submit poems on any subject up to a maximum of 40 lines for each entry. Single spaced.

Writing Can Be Murder

Entrants were invited to submit the first 500 words of a short story or novel with a murder thriller theme.


Entrants are invited to submit a memoir of up to 2500 words.

Writing for Children – Picture Book

Entrants were invited to submit a text of no more than 600 words in prose or verse for children aged 3-6.

Children’s Funny Fiction

Entrants are invited to submit the opening chapter or section (maximum 1000 words) of a humorous work for children and a one-page synopsis of the remainder.

Skylark Soaring Stories

Entrants were invited to submit the first 2000 words of a work of fiction for readers aged 8-12 OR 12+.

Flash Fiction

In 500 words, send us a flash fiction which will intrigue, excite and entertain, and which will linger in the mind long after reading.

First Three Pages of a Novel

Entrants were invited to send the first three pages (12 pt. double-spaced) of their novel plus a 600 word max.synopsis. Any theme or period.

Short Stories

Entrants were invited to submit quality short stories on any subject, theme or period (no children’s stories). Length 1500 to 3000 words for each entry.

Young Writer’s Competition

Entrants are invited to send prose (no more than one page) or a poem (of no more than 30 lines) about your view…of the world, of your surroundings, of your life, or you can write about an imaginary view.


Happy writing!

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