Competitions are an integral part of the Wells Festival of Literature, with entries increasing every year, and submissions arriving from all over the world. Our poetry competition has been running
Competitions are an integral part of the Wells Festival of Literature, with entries increasing every year, and submissions arriving from all over the world. Our poetry competition has been running since the Festival began, and our short story competition since 1994. The entries they attract are mostly of an extremely high calibre.
This year’s International Competitions run 1 April – midnight 30 June 2019. The judges will present the prizes at a ceremony during the Festival in Ritchie Hall, Wells on Sunday 20 October 2019. Immediately preceding this, the shortlisted poets will be invited to read their entries. This special occasion is one of the highlights of the Festival when, for the first time, the winning writers are revealed and rewarded.
Gill Lewis, our Book for Children judge, is a children’s author who writes books about our human connection with the natural world. Her books have been published in more than twenty-five languages and have won prizes for environmental literature both in the UK and abroad, including the US Green Earth Book Award and the German Prize for Environmental Literature for Young People.
This year’s prize money is 1st £750, 2nd £300, 3rd £200 and Local Prize £100 for the Short Story, Open Poetry and Book for Children competitions.