This week we bring you a mix of writerly news, covering a short story competition with some great prizes including a special Devon one; a conference that’s selling tickets at a great rate of knots; and an update on festivals coming to Devon later this year.
Exeter Writers Short Story Competition
Running since 2009, the short story competition run by Exeter Writers is currently accepting entries for 2020. You have just three weeks to get your best story polished and submitted, and you can use either email of snail mail. The first prize is a magnificent £700; there are second and third prizes of £250 and £100; and an additional £100 on offer to the best Devon entry. The word limit is a generous 3000, with no lower limit; and the entry fee is £7. So what are you waiting for? CWC members Elizabeth Ducie and Angela Wooldridge are both on the judging panel and are looking forward to reading all those wonderful stories after the closing date of 28th February. (Note, there’s no Leap Year at Exeter Writers. Make sure those entries are in by 28th February). Details on how to enter can be found on the Exeter Writers website.
Swanwick Open For Booking
CWC members Elizabeth Ducie, Steve Male and Bea Hutchings have been seen on here before extolling the virtues of the annual Writers’ Summer School at Swanwick in August. Our spies tell us that bookings for this year are faster than ever before. Added to which, some of the rooms at the Hayes Conference Centre will be unavailable due to refurbishment. Which means, if you were planning on attending this year, get your booking in sooner rather than later. There are phased payment schemes to help spread the load; and also an assisted places scheme, for which applications are currently open. Details of this year’s programme can be found on the Swanwick website.
Exeter Literary Festival
Planning for ExeLitFest 2020 is starting to gather speed. The dates for this year are 23rd to 25th October and there will be two main streams of events during the day: one for readers, based in the Central Library; and one for writers, based in the Customs House. Venues for the evening events have yet to be finalised. And there will be another short story competition, associated with the festival, which will open for entries in April.
The festival’s website is currently undergoing a revamp, but will be up and running by the end of this month. In the meantime, if you would like to help with the organisation or running of the festival, do get in touch by emailing email@example.com. There are a variety of opportunities to get involved in the coming months, plus stewarding roles at the festival which will give you free entrance to some of the events.
And those of you with children, grandchildren, or an interest in writing for children might like to make a note that Exetreme Imagination, the festival of writing and stories for children, will also open this year on 23rd October; it runs throughout Half Term, closing on 1st November.