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2021 Competitions

(No entry fees this year)


For the Love of Writing:

Members are invited to send in any form of writing which  shows their personal style and expertise. You may wish to send in an extract, a short story, a poem, an article, or a personal reflection or account of something which has caught your whim. (This competition is a 'warm up' for the year and is in honour only, no prize money.)

February: Autobiographical Anecdote - Up to 1,500; Winner £50; Runner Up £25; up to 2 Commended £10 Something from childhood, your first love, a moment in the military or in your career, a holiday incident, something amusing you heard on a Clapham omnibus, fiction or not. Get writing...

March: Herbert Spencer Poetry Competition: Prizes - 1st £50; 2nd £25. Deadline 15 March

50-100 lines

April: RANDOM WRITING (Double judging):
Prizes 1st £50; 2nd £25.; 4 Commended Deadline 15 April 

May: Lewis Wright Short Story Competition:  Prizes 1st £75, 2nd £25, plus up to two Commended £10. Closing date 15 May. 

Entries for this competition should be not more than 3000 words. On line submissions as a WORD.doc attachment to an email to:

June: Gordon Gompers Competition: Prizes 1st £75; 2nd £25; plus up to 2 Commended, honour only. Deadline 15 June.
Travel and holiday articles, and other non fiction of choice up to 3,000 words.

July:   250 word Flash Fiction Competition: Prizes - 1st £ 30; 2nd £10. Deadline 15July

August: SCPSW Short Story for Children Comp. Prizes 1st £50; 2nd £25; plus up to 2 Commended, Honour only. Deadline 15 August.

Up to 1,500 words

September: Vee Bradley Humorous Poetry Competition PRIZE: £30, 2nd £15. Deadline: 15 September. No longer than 30 lines, with each poem on a separate sheet.

October: 100 word Flash Fiction: Prizes 1st £45; 2nd £20. Deadline 15 October

November: Chairman’s 1000 word Challenge: Prizes 1st £80; 2nd £25; plus up to 3 Commended, Honour only 

Subject I call upon you to write to a theme. I challenge you to select a moment in world history and write about it. This can be in the form of a letter describing an event seen by your character, be it a battle, an execution, an incident on the road, or at sea, or an episode in a romance, or an article. BUT – all entries must address a moment BEFORE 1900. Now there’s a challenge for you. Deadline is 15 November.

December: No Competition

All competitions for members only; all entries free at present.

MAXIMUM TWO ENTRIES for all competitions.

SHORT STORIES should not be more than 1,500 words; unless otherwise stated as the programme rolls through the year. There will be variations.
POEMS maximum number of lines may vary - see each competition for detail

All competition entries should not have been published, either in The Author or elsewhere.  

All competitions are strictly for  SCPSW members.
Join in order to enter - eligible writers include serving or retired members of the Civil Service, Armed Forces, National Health Service, Local Government, the Police Forces or any Public Service.

Details of membership HERE.



All entries should preferably be sent on-line as a WORD.doc attachment to an email. (NOT pdfs.)
On a lead sheet all entries should bear the name of the competition being entered, the submission's title, the author’s name and address. Please also put the author's name beneath the piece's title.
NOTE: We do not use pen names for the competitions.

HARD COPY entries may also be sent but must be typed on A4 paper.
On a lead sheet all entries should bear the name of the competition being entered, a title, the author’s name and address and a pen name if required.

Entries will only be returned if accompanied by SAE.

Details also can be found in AUTHOR.