Enter writer's competition
THE 28th Annual Christchurch Writer’s Competition is now open for entries, with four categories available to writers, poets and wordsmiths from across the region.
Again sponsored by Regent Centre, entry forms with full details of rules and conditions can be obtained from the Regent in Christchurch on 01202 499199.
The categories are for an article with a maximum word count of 800, a poem up to 40 lines long, a short story in not more than 2,500 words and a one-act radio play of up to 20 minutes duration.
The highlight of the competition is always the Quill Trophy, which this year will be awarded for a poem, between 20 and 40 lines, on the topic of the Norman Heritage of Christchurch.
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The prestigious Quill Trophy is presented by CADArts (Christchurch and District Arts Council), which also sponsors the prize of £100. The judging panel will include local historian Mike Andrews and poetry teacher Brian Worthington. The Quill will be presented on Thursday 14th November 6pm at the Civic Offices in Bridge Street.
The Article will be judged by Joel Lacey, editor of Dorset Life, and the judge for the Poetry is Christine Hall, a producer for BBC Radio 4’s Poetry Please.
Nick R Thomas, a scriptwriter, researcher and performer on national and local radio, will judge the radio play and this year’s judge for the Short Story is Viv Beeby, a former BBC senior producer and freelance producer for BBC Radio 4.
The closing date for entries is Friday 27th September.