This week we bring you news of some writerly events coming up in the next few weeks. There’s a couple of festivals, covering different aspects of both writing and reading; and a competition with particular interest to writers in Devon.
Exeter Writers Short Story Competition
The Exeter Writers short story competition has been running since 2009 and attracts entries not only from across the UK but internationally as well. This year, the first prize has been raised to £700, which makes it one of the best-paying competitions around. And there’s a second and third prize as well. But for writers in Devon, there’s an extra incentive in the form of the Devon Writers’ Prize: £100 to the highest placed local writer outside of the top three.
The competition closes on Friday 28th February, so there’s still time to get your entries in. You have the option of submitting electronically or by post, although these days, the bulk arrive by email. Get full details of the competition by clicking here.
Chagford, the little Stannary town in the heart of Dartmoor, is running its biennial Literary Festival between Friday 22nd and Sunday 24th March; with a whole range of speakers including Jo Brand, Michael Morpurgo, Sally Vickers and Prue Leith. There will be a special treat for writers on the final day of the festival when Nell Leyshon will be talking about How to Write: what is a writer’s voice and where does it come from? How do we find it and how do we keep it? In this talk, with storytelling at its heart, Nell will discuss and demystify creativity and the writing process.
And earlier in the month, there will be a special day for younger readers with the Chagword Children’s BookFest. You can get all the details of the Chagword Literary Festival by clicking here.
Teignmouth Poetry Festival
And if poetry is more to your taste, or if you prefer a visit to the seaside rather than the moors, there’s another festival on at the same time, that could be right up your street. Teignmouth Poetry Festival runs from Thursday 21st to Sunday 24th March. The headline event features readings from the wonderful Roger McGough, but there is a packed programme of workshops, readings, competitions, art and music in a variety of venues around the town. You can get all the details by clicking here.