We’re thrilled to once again be a part of the Aurora Poetry & Short Fiction Open Competition!
Writing East Midlands (our sister organisation) has just launched the 2017 international competition with prizes in both categories. This year’s judges are renowned poet Penelope Shuttle and acclaimed novelist and short story writer Jacob Ross – both well known to writers and readers in the region, especially in Leicester and Nottingham.
First prize is £500, 2nd is £150 and 3rd is £50, and local writers also get a chance to enter their work in the regional prize for free (once you’ve entered the main competition – giving you two chances to win a prize!). Sponsored by Northants-based independent publisher Stonewood Press (who published Nottingham poet Di Slaney’s first pamphlet, Dad’s Slideshow (shortlisted for the Fledgling Award) and our own Jacqueline Gabbitas’s latest book Small Grass), the regional prize is £70 + a Stonewood Press Goodie Bag PLUS (and this is where we come in) a Writing School voucher to attend a course or workshop of your choice up to the value of £130.
Last year’s winners were poet Richard Goodson (pictured above) and short story writer Amy McCormack who both used their vouchers to attend Mimi Khalvati’s Prose Poem Masterclass in Leicester last October. (Amy was also a Writing East Midlands mentee, and Richard went on to be one of the lead tutors in WEM’s recent Writing Residency Write Here: Sanctuary). The Prize Giving was a lovely packed-out event (standing room only!) with brilliant readings from all the winners and poetry judge Pascale Petit, plus nibbles and wine. All surrounded by hundreds of books! What more could you ask for?
So, enter today for a chance to win the main prize (did we say it was £500!) or the Stonewood Press Regional Prize or Both! Closing Date 31st March 2017 and entry is £7. Click here <Aurora Competition> for more information and to enter.