Following on the success of last year’s competition, our second Aurora Poetry and Short Fiction Open Competition is now open for entries!
The judges are award-winning poet Penelope Shuttle and acclaimed novelist and short story writer Jacob Ross. Prizes for both categories are: 1st £500/ 2nd £100/ 3rd £50, plus £70 and a Writing School course for the Stonewood Press Prize for the best home-grown talent from the East Midlands.
Entries should be received by Monday 31st March 2017 via www.writingeastmidlands.co.uk or by post to Writing East Midlands Aurora Competition, 32a Stoney St, Nottingham, NG1 1LL. Entry fees are £7 for the first poem or story and £6 for subsequent entries, and East Midlands writers, once you’ve entered the main prize, can also enter the regional prize for free.
Last year attracted almost 600 entries from across the world, including New Zealand, the USA and South Africa, as well as from writers living and working in the region.
“We saw a brilliant range of entries last year and the judges must have found it challenging to choose from such a strong selection. The highlight was hearing the winners and commended writers read their poems and short stories at the Prize Giving event at Bromley House Library. And we were thrilled that the regional prize for short stories was won by a past recipient of our mentoring scheme. ”
– Henderson Mullin, (CEO, Writing East Midlands)
This year’s Prize Giving will take place once again at Bromley House Library in Nottingham City of Literature as part of the first ever National Writing Day. Prizes are awarded for both poetry and short story and, as well as being in with a chance of winning the main prizes, writers from the East Midlands can enter their work for the Stonewood Press Regional Prize, a £70 cash prize plus the opportunity to attend a fully funded writing course of the winners’ choice at Writing School East Midlands.
Full competition rules and entry requirements can be found at the Writing East Midlands’ website: www.writingeastmidlands.co.uk
About the judges:
Penelope Shuttle, poetry judge: Penelope Shuttle lives in Cornwall. Her new book, Will You Walk A Little Faster? is forthcoming from Bloodaxe this year. In 2016 she published (with John Greening), Heath, an exploration in poetry of Heathrow airport and Hounslow Heath. (Nine Arches Press) and Four Portions of Everything on the Menu for M’sieur Monet! (Indigo Dreams Publications). She has been a poetry tutor with many organisations and is currently a mentor for The Poetry School.
Jacob Ross, short fiction judge:
Jacob Ross is the author of acclaimed short story collections Song for Simone and A Way to Catch the Dust. His forthcoming collection, Tell no one about this is due in 2017. Ross is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and has been a judge of the V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize, the Olive Cook, Scott Moncrieff and Tom-Gallon Literary Awards.
Read last year’s winning poems and stories in our online anthology Flakes of a Fire, including:
Living on Dreams by Kerry Darbishire (1st Prize Poetry), The Space Between by Peter Hitchen (1st Prize Short Fiction), From the Book of Crow Etiquette by Roy Marshall (2nd Prize Poetry), Mika and Don’t She Hear the Sound of Grass Growing by L. Fisher (2nd Prize Short Fiction), Poem in which I visit Addenbrookes my Twin having had Brainsurgery for the Fourth Time by Peter Wallis (3rd Prize Poetry), As You Follow by Giselle Leeb (3rd Prize Short Fiction), Pine by Rich Goodson (Stonewood Prize Poetry) and Mountains by Amy McCormack (Stonewood Prize Short Fiction).
Writing East Midlands. Writing East Midlands (WEM) provides opportunities for professional writers to be paid for their work, runs programmes which improve the skills of talented writers, and finds ways to connect writers to new audiences. Its aim is to enhance the region’s reputation for the quality and diversity of its writers, and promote a culture which values writing both as an art form and as a career choice.
Writing School East Midlands. Writing School East Midlands offers courses, workshops and events in Derby, Nottingham and Leicester. Its programme reflects a commitment to providing excellent tuition in a supportive and creative environment. www.writingschooleastmidlands.co.uk
Bromley House Library. Bromley House Library is a flourishing independent lending library situated in the centre of Nottingham, one of the few remaining subscription libraries in the country.
National Writing Day. National Writing Day aims to inspire people across the UK to discover the pleasure and power of writing. The first ever National Writing Day will be on 21st June 2017.