The SASH writing competition is now live. It is open to anyone aged 16 or over in the UK, from beginners to published authors.
The aim is to raise awareness of youth homelessness within the UK and Yorkshire and to raise funds for SASH. The theme of the competition is ‘homeless’ and can be written in any genre with a maximum of 3000 words. Those in a position to do so are encouraged to make a donation of £10 to accompany their entry. We encourage entries from those who are experiencing or who have previously experienced homelessness themselves.
The competition will be judged by Yorkshire born writer Ross Raisin, author of the award winning ‘God’s Own Country’ and ‘Waterline’.
The winner and runners up will have their piece published on the SASH website and be invited to meet Ross Raisin.
Ross explained why he wanted to support SASH and the writing competition:
“It feels important, at a time when the double whammy of welfare cuts and cuts to the funding of services that would normally deal with the after effects, has created such a sharp rise in homelessness, to hear the voices of people for whom homelessness, or the risk of it, is a reality. And young people especially – as it is young people who are often the worst affected in hard times.
Fiction, I think, has the ability to show us that reality, and make us think about it, be moved by it, laugh about it. We feel the world of a story often more minutely, more deeply – more as a human – than we do reading the newspaper, or listening to the radio. As such, a competition such as this, with such a wide entry field, can be a more valuable record of a moment in history than anything else. And the reading of it will certainly give more pleasure – so I am looking forward to reading these stories, and very happy to be involved, with the competition, and the charity.”
First prize – A five day residential writing course
We are delighted to have the support of Arvon, who are offering the competition winner a five day residential course with expert tuition from leading authors.
More details of this and other prizes coming soon!
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Terms and Conditions of Entry:
Click here for the Terms and Conditions
How to Enter:
Click here to complete an online entry form.
Click here to download an entry form.
Make your donation:
Entrants are encouraged to make a minimum £10 donation to SASH to support our work helping homeless young people.
Donations can be made online via our Virgin Money Giving page or by cheque made out to ‘SASH’ and sent to 107-109 Walmgate, York, YO1 9UA.
The deadline for submissions is 5pm on Friday 10 October 2014.
We are looking for volunteers to support the organisation of our writing competition, including the promotion and initial judging of the competition.
Volunteers will also be given the chance to meet with Ross Raisin later in the year. (Please note volunteers judges may not submit an entry to the competition).
Download Writing Competition Volunteer Role Description
Download Writing Competition Volunteer Application Form