I’d like to share this message with you all from Emma @ City Central Library, Stoke-on-Trent….. 

Hello everyone

If you fancy trying your hand at writing over the summer, here are two competitions which are linked with, or supported by, Stoke-on-Trent Libraries.


Potteries Prize for Short Fiction

At Stoke-on-Trent Libraries we’re very pleased to support The Writing Kiln to run the Potteries Prize for Short Fiction.

This is the second year of the Potteries Prize, which is open to writers who live, work, study or belong to a writers’ group in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire. Entries should be 100-350 words long, and there will be prizes in categories including “Most beautiful use of language”, “Best line”, “Most compelling character” and “Most entertaining story”.

You can find out more about the prize, including full submission guidelines, at http://www.thewritingkiln.com/. If you’d like some inspiration, you can read last year’s winners on the library website at https://librariesonline.stoke.gov.uk – there’s some great stories there!

You have until Saturday 25 August to submit your story, so there’s a good few weeks to get writing.


Poetry On Loan – Poetry Competition 2018

Poetry on Loan promotes contemporary poetry through libraries in the West Midlands. Their fourth annual poetry competition is up and running, and it’s open to anyone who lives, studies or works regularly in the West Midlands. The theme this year is Take this…, which can be interpreted as imaginatively as you like. The prize for adult entries is a paid poetry performance at a Poetry on Loan event, and the junior prize winner will receive book tokens.

Entries must be submitted by 1 September 2018, and full submission details and competition rules are available at https://poetryonloan.org.uk/poetry-competition-2018 .


Best of luck to anyone who enters!

All best regards, and happy writing,


A couple of great opportunities! Let me know if you have a go. x

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