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OUR COMPETITION NEWS 


2020 Competitions

(No entry fees this year)

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: 250 word Flash Fiction Competition: Prizes - 1st £ 30; 2nd £10. 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: michaelround@blueyonder.co.uk

OR: Hard copy on A4 paper, one side only.


June: Gordon Gompers Competition: Prizes 1st £75; 2nd £25; plus up to 2 Commended £10. Deadline 15 June.
Travel and holiday articles, and other non fiction of choice up to 2,000 words.


July:  RANDOM ANYTHING GOES: Prizes 1st £50; 2nd £25.; 4 Commended Deadline 15 June 


August: SCPSW Short Story for Children Comp. Prizes 1st £50; 2nd £25; plus up to 2 Commended £10. 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: 650 word Flash Fiction: Prizes 1st £45; 2nd £20. Deadline 15 October


November: Chairman’s 1000 word Challenge: Prizes 1st £100; 2nd £30; plus up to 3 Commended £10. 

Subject – fiction or non-fiction - atmospheric writing challenge on the idea of SHOCK TACTICS.


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
FLASH FICTION AND CHAIRMAN's CHALLENGE STRICT EXACT WORD COUNT not counting title and author.

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 Force or any Public Service.

Details of membership HERE.

COMPETITION ENTRY GUIDLINES

All entries should preferably be sent on line as a WORD.doc attachment to an email. 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.
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.