Aurora Poetry & Short Fiction Open Competition 2017

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

Enter our second Aurora writing competition and help us to celebrate the very first National Writing Day on 21st June 20017.

Our judges are renowned poet Penelope Shuttle and acclaimed short story writer and novelist Jacob Ross.  The prizes are: 1st £500 , 2nd £100, 3rd £50, and the Stonewood Press Regional Prize £70 which includes a Writing School East Midlands course*. Winners will be invited to the prize-giving event at Bromley House Library in Nottingham City of Literature as part of National Writing Day.

Closing date for entries Extended to 9th April 2017

Entry fees £7 for first poem or story and £6 for subsequent entries.

  • Poems up to 40 lines (excluding title)
  • Stories up to 2000 words (excluding title).

You can enter as many poems/stories as you want. Online entries made through Submitttable. To enter, click on the link that corresponds to the number of entries you’d like to make.

One entry – £7:         CLICK HERE
Two entries – £13:    CLICK HERE
Three entries – £19: CLICK HERE
Four entries – £25:   CLICK HERE
Five entries – £31:    CLICK HERE
Six entries – £37:      CLICK HERE

East Midlands Writer? If you’d like to enter your work in the Stonewood Press Regional Prize when you enter the main competition, please tick the box on the entry form. Inclusion is at no extra cost. Only East Midlands residents are eligible to enter this prize.

To enter by post, please download and fill in the Entry Form HERE and send it with a cheque, made payable to Writing East Midlands, to: Aurora Poetry & Short Fiction Open Competition, Writing East Midlands , 32a Stoney St, Nottingham NG1 1LL.

Please read our RULES before entering. Separate prizes will be awarded per category

The Aurora Prize Giving will take place at Bromley House Library as part of the National Writing Day celebrations. Visit for more information.


About the Judges:

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


* Writing School course vouchers are for one course worth up to £130, non-transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash

Writing East Midlands is unable to pay travel and accommodation costs for winners attending the prize giving event.

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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