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Deadline for submissions is the 9th August 2024

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Creative Writing 2024

Once again we invite children and adults to submit poems and short stories to our annual competitions.

Age taken as at 31st July 2024  – Closing date for all entries 9th August 2024

All entries must be completely original and must not have been previously submitted or  published.   No AI produced items will be accepted.

This year we invite you to submit any of the following:

Poem (Age 5 – 10)  “My Pet “  (No more than 30 lines)

Poem (Age 11 – 18)  “Animal” ( No more than 30 lines)

Poem Adult –  “Moon”  (No more than 30 lines)

Short Story (Age 5 – 10)   “On the Beach”   (No more than 200 words)

Short Story (Age 11 – 18) “A Funny Thing Happened”  (No more than 500 words)

Short Story Adult  “The Dinner Party”  (No more than 500 words)



We publish an Anthology of short stories and poetry each year (see image below). All Competition entries will be included in this Anthology automatically,  unless you request otherwise.

If you wish to send in any other short story or poem not to be included in the Competitions, you are welcome, but mark it clearly  ANTHOLOGY ONLY.  No more than 3 items per person.  We cannot guarantee that every piece will be selected.

To submit your entries please, include your name, contact details and age if appropriate, and

either: e-mail to pamrobinson977@hotmail.com – with the subject CrWr 2024

or Post to: Hailsham Competitions c/o 65 Lansdowne Way, Hailsham BN27 1LT

The winners will be announced at Callenders Restaurant at 3.00pm, on Wednesday 18th September. Monetary prizes will be given and the overall winner will receive the Pam Turner Cup, previously awarded by Wealden Writers.

More info:  01323 844020  or  07553 326294



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