Entries for the short story and poetry competitions are now being accepted.
As a result of such a successful year in 2020, we are pleased to announce that the first prize in both the short story and poetry competitions will be increased to £1,000.
This year could be your chance to win.
The standard entry fee is £7.50 per story or poem. If you enter three at a time, it will be £15. Students are charged at the reduced rate of £5 per story or poem or £10 for three at the same time.
We will once again award an additional prize to young writers for the best story and poem entered by those in the age group 17 to 25 years. This award is called the Cygnature Prize.
Also entrants who are residents of Bedford will qualify for the Bedford Prize of £100 for the story and poem judged best.
If you are eligible for either of the above awards, then your story or poem, in addition to being entered in the main competition, will automatically be considered for the additional prizes.
Please be sure to read the rules before entering.
To enter click on Competition in the menu bar at the top of this page and select either Story or Poem. You will be given the choice between continuing to enter online or downloading a printable form to be completed offline and sent in by post.