Young people’s writing competition

Forest of Dean short story competition ‘Lost in Time’

Open to young people who either go to school or live within the Forest of Dean District Council area.

A chance to win up to £100 and be published.

Closing date Sunday 4th August

The second Forest of Dean Rotary Club and Dean Scribblers writing competition for ages 7-18 years is now open.

The theme is ‘Lost in Time’ and to help get the creative juices flowing there are three optional picture prompts and first sentences to fire the imaginations.

The judges are looking for stories that are unique, exciting, and full of character.

The story can be based on one of these three fantastic picture prompts – or entirely made up!

Think you know someone who has what it takes? Stories can be submitted online or by dropping off a hard copy at any of the Forest of Dean libraries.

Every longlisted entry will be featured in an anthology, with great prizes for the winners.

Here’s what one of our young winners had to say about last year’s competition:

‘It was encouraging, and meant a lot to me, because my dream is to become an author, so this is one step on the way to realising my dream.’
Seren, Winner of the 7-10 yrs category 2023

Find all the details and entry forms here.

And if you want some help with your story, check out this guide on the Dean Scribblers website.

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3 thoughts on “Young people’s writing competition”

  1. I have recently moved to the Forest after a lifetime in education, mostly writing for that press. I am partway through a piece about the aftermath of a crash on the Devon Lanes in which my son and me were seriously injured. It is a book of hope and ultimate success after trauma and the aftermath of that tragedy.

  2. I no longer host a website so there is no website associated with my name or my details. Hoping to find time to join the writers’ Circle soon; that is, if you will have me.

    1. Hi Jean and thanks for getting in touch, and welcome to the Forest. I’m sure you would be very welcome at Dean Writers Circle – email the chair Patricia Pillay at [email protected] for all the details. There’s a meeting tonight, as you probably noticed on the home page. Good luck with the story too.

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