We received some fantastic entries for the Gareth Carnall Short Story Writing Competition last year, so we’re planning to do it all again for 2016 – only bigger, and better!
As well as the opportunity to flex your fiction-writing muscles, we also have a brand new writing challenge: the Rockhaq music review writing competition. Huge thanks to our partners Rockhaq, the online student music journalism community, for arranging the competition and to journalist and founder Michelle Dhillon for donating a £255 cash prize pot.
Think you might like to enter? Need some inspiration to get started? Then read on.
Short Story Writing Competition
The theme for this year’s competition is “Summer in Clarendon Park“. Whether your characters spend a day in the shops and cafes on Queen’s Road, exploring the allotments or enjoying the Clarendon Park Summer Fair, there’s inspiration wherever you go.
The short story writing competition has three categories this year:
- Young people aged under 11 on the closing date. A story of any length up to 1500 words.
- Young people aged 11-18 on the closing date. A story of any length up to 1500 words.
- Adults aged 18 and over on the closing date. A story of any length up to 2500 words.
Rockhaq Music Review Writing Competition
Michelle Dhillon, journalist and founder of the Rockhaq student music journalism community, hails from Clarendon Park and is on the lookout for young Leicestershire music journalists to award cash prizes of up to £255. The Rockhaq music review writing competition has three categories:
- Best music review (minimum 350 words)
- Best live review (minimum 350 words)
- Best opinion column (minimum 350 words)
This competition is open to anyone aged between 10-20 who attends school or college in Leicestershire. Just write about any music you like, make sure your work is at least 350 words in length and published on the Rockhaq community. You will need to register to join the community to get started. Full rules are coming soon on the Rockhaq ArtBeat competition page.
For a flavour of other reviews, head over to the Rockhaq website.
Both our competitions are open for entries from Tuesday 1st March 2016. Entries must be submitted on or before the closing date of midnight on Monday 6th June 2016.
Full competition rules, the entry form for the Short Story Competition and details of how to enter the Rockhaq Music Review Writing Competition will be published on Tuesday 1st March 2016. Until then, get scribbling.