Monday 6 December 2021


The 17th Elmbridge Literary Competition 2022


The disappearance of Agatha Christie, the Mona Lisa’s smile, Banksy; These are some of the most famous, sometimes infamous, enigmas in history. Whether it’s the Mary Celeste’s missing crew, the Famous Five exploring a treasure island or the nasty thing lurking in Cold Comfort Farm’s woodshed, mysteries have always fascinated us. For the 2022 Elmbridge Literary Competition, The R C Sherriff Trust and Elmbridge Borough Council are looking for short stories and poems that unravel riddles, disentangle conundrums and resolve enigmas.

Following the success of 2021’s ‘Music’, The Elmbridge Literary Competition is once more open to national and international submissions. Run in partnership between The R C Sherriff Trust and Elmbridge Borough Council, it is open to all ages.

Entry for adults is £5 (see the PayPal link below)

Under 18s entries are free.

Alongside the prizes for each age category The 2022 Competition includes The Elmbridge Prize for the best story or poem in the adult category submitted by an Elmbridge resident.

The Competition will once again run in partnership with publishers Sampson Low, who will publish the winning entries as a Chapbook. (Small and affordable forms of literature, Chapbooks historically were sold on the streets, and covered a range of subjects from fairy tales and ghost stories to news of politics, crime or disaster.)

For further details about Chapbooks visit:

The closing date for entries in Monday 28 February 2022.

Full Competition terms and conditions can be found here

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