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“…And beat the twilight into flakes of a fire” Alfred Lord Tennyson


Enter our inaugural writing competition and let us light up the skies with outstanding poetry and short fiction. Our judges are renowned poet Pascale Petit and acclaimed short fiction writer and novelist Paul McVeigh. The prizes are: 1st £500 , 2nd £100, 3rd £50, and the Stonewood Press Regional Prize £70 which includes a Writing School East Midlands course*, and an invitation to read at the prize-giving event in Nottingham.

Closing date is 1st February 2016. EXTENDED TO 14TH FEBRUARY 2016

Entry fees £7 for first poem or story and £5.50 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. To enter, click on the link that corresponds to the number of entries you’d like to make.

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 the entry form and send it with a cheque, made payable to Writing East Midlands, to Aurora Poetry & Short Fiction Open Competition, Writing East Midlands , 49 Stoney St, Nottingham NG1 1LX.

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

About the Judges:

Photo: Derek Adams

Photo: Derek Adams

Pascale Petit’s sixth poetry collection Fauverie was shortlisted for the 2014 T S Eliot Prize. What the Water Gave Me: Poems after Frida Kahlo was shortlisted for both the T S Eliot Prize and Wales Book of the Year, and was a Book of the Year in the Observer. Her books have been chosen as Books of the Year in the Times Literary Supplement, Independent and Observer. She received a Cholmondeley Award in 2015. Her seventh collection Mama Amazonica is forthcoming from Bloodaxe Books in 2017.

Paul McVeigh
Paul McVeigh’s debut novel, ‘The Good Son’ (Salt) was shortlisted for The Guardian’s ‘Not The Booker’ Prize 2015. His short stories that have been published in literary journals and anthologies, read on BBC Radio 5 and commissioned by BBC Radio 4. He is co-founder of London Short Story Festival and Associate Director at Word Factory, the UK’s leading short story salon.

* Writing School course vouchers are worth £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. Writing School Course Vouchers are supplied by Writing School East Midlands.

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