Prizes and publication for new fiction writers

Posted by ap507 at Apr 27, 2015 10:20 AM |
University of Leicester writing competition returns – this year with free writing classes

Issued by the University of Leicester Press Office on 27 April

Writers and storytellers throughout Leicestershire are once again invited to take part in a writing competition where the only limit is their imagination.

Following its successful first year, the University of Leicester’s Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning Summer Short Story Competition is now open for 2015.

In addition, aspiring writers can boost their skills and their confidence at one of two free creative writing classes.

The competition is open to adults and younger entrants aged 14-17 whose home address has an LE postcode. Previously unpublished writers can enter stories in any genre.

There are two classifications:

• The £300 Creative Writing Prize: open to entrants aged 18 and over;

• The £100 Junior Prize: open to entrants aged between 14 and 17.

All adult winners and shortlisted stories will also be published in the 2015 ‘Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning Short Story Anthology’.

Entry to the competitions is free.

David Wharton, Course Director for the Certificate of Higher Education in Creative Writing at the Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning, said: “Last year’s competition brought out all kinds of wonderful stories, and the judges had a really hard time selecting winners. We’re very proud to be encouraging local writers with this initiative.”

You can enter the adult competition if you are:

• over the age of 18 on 13 April 2015

• not currently in full-time education;

• not a previously published writer;

• not a current student of the University of Leicester;

• not a member of University of Leicester staff

The junior competition is open to anyone aged 14 and 17 on Monday 13 April 2015.

Each competitor can only submit one story, which must be no longer than 2500 words.

The story must be an original fictional piece of imaginative storytelling and can be in any genre or style.

The deadline for entries to the Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning’s Summer Short Story Competition 2015 is Friday 11 September 2015.

To support the competition, the Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning will also be hosting two creative writing classes. In each three-hour intensive session, students will learn the four principles of writing effective and engaging fiction.

The classes are free of charge and open to anyone aged 21 or over who is not currently in full-time education. They will be run on Saturday 16 May from 2pm to 5pm and Saturday 13 June from 2pm to 5pm. To book your place please email indicating your name, email address and which date you would like to book.

For full competition rules and to enter online go to


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