Aurora Poetry & Short Fiction Open Competition 2017

For night’s swift dragons cut the clouds full fast…” William Shakespeare

Please join us for the prize-giving of our second Aurora Poetry and Short Fiction writing competition, where we’ll announce this year’s winners

Help us celebrate the first ever National Writing Day with an evening of poetry and short story readings from all the winning and commended writers. We’ll also be joined by our acclaimed judges Penelope Shuttle and Jacob Ross, who’ll be reading from their newest titles.

Held at the beautiful Bromley House Library (Nottingham’s best kept literary secret) in the UNESCO City of Literature, the event promises to be an evening of exceptional writing.

So, come and raise a glass with us as we award Aurora 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes, the Stonewood Prize for best regional writer, and highly commended and commended prizes for both poetry and short stories.

Free entry and refreshments. Places are very limited and are first come first served. DOORS OPEN 6.30 for 7pm. 

BOOK YOUR TICKET HERE: Eventbrite Aurora Prize Giving

We look forward to seeing you there!

About Penelope Shuttle and Jacob Ross

Photo: Jemimah Kuhfeld

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). She also published a pamphlet 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 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.


Last Year’s Competition Winners

Our first prize winners for last year were:

Living on Dreams by Kerry Darbishire – 1st Prize Poetry

The Space Between by Peter Hitchen – 1st Prize Short Fiction

Click on the link to read theirs and all the winning and commended entries in our online anthology Flakes of A Fire



Aurora Poetry & Short Fiction Open Competition is brought to you by Writing East Midlands. The Stonewood Press Regional Writing Prize is sponsored by publisher Stonewood Press with Writing School Course vouchers supplied by Writing School East Midlands. The Prize Giving event is a part of National Writing Day and hosted by Bromley House Library, Nottingham.


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