Sunday, 23 March 2014

Villanelle competition

This year marks the centenary of Dylan Thomas who was born in Swansea in 1914.
Perhaps his most famous line was Do not go gentle into that good night, which was a villanelle he wrote in 1951.

Writing Magazine is celebrating the centenary of his birth with a competition for a villanelle – a form that has five tercets (three-line stanzas) and a closing quatrain (four-line stanza).

If you need help with the form check out adjudicator Alison Chisholm’s advice feature in the April issue of Writing Magazine.


1. Eligibility
Entry is open to any writer and entries must be the original and unpublished work of the entrant which is not currently submitted for publication nor for any other competition or award. There is no limit to number of entries. Entrants retain copyright in their manuscripts.

2. Entry Fees
Fee for each entry is £4 BUT ONLY £3 for subscribers to Writing Magazine.

3. Manuscripts
Manuscripts can be uploaded in pdf, doc, docx and txt formats.
Short story manuscripts - please layout your entry in double spacing with a front page stating your name, address, phone number and email address. Please also state story title and word count.
Poetry manuscripts - please layout your poems in single spacing with double spacing between stanzas, on single pages of your file, with a front page giving your name, address, daytime telephone number and email address.

4. Competition Judging
Competition judges will be appointed by the competitions manager of Writing Magazine and their decision will be final, with no correspondence being entered into.

5. Notification
Winners will be notified within two months of closing date after which date unplaced entries may be submitted elsewhere. Winning entries may not be submitted elsewhere for twelve months after that date without permission of Writing Magazine who retain the right to publish winning entries in any form during those twelve months.

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