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2016 Stories of SW1 Writing Competition launches!

The 3rd Annual Stories of SW1 Writing Competition is running again this year - yay! Our theme this year is Heroes and Heroines so we're looking for all sorts of heroic tales.

Engage us, entertain us, tell us about heroic deeds attempted, achieved and failed. From superheroes with superpowers to everyday heroism - be creative!

Send your best flash fiction and/or poem to Each writer can submit up to two (2) pieces of writing, e.g. 2 poems OR 2 flash fictions OR 1 poem and 1 flash fiction.

Flash fiction must be under 500 words, poetry must be 20 lines or fewer, scripts must be 10 minutes or fewer. The entry fee is £3 for the first submission, plus £2 for additional submissions (2 = £5, 3 = £7 etc.) and is payable through PayPal via the email address

You must include proof of payment with your submission. This payment is non-profit making and supports the prizes.

Writing must be sent in the body of an email because attachments will not be opened. Deadline is Midnight on Tuesday, 14th June 2016. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding that decision.

The first prize is £50.00. Depending on the quantity and quality of submissions, we may be able to offer more prizes so get writing! Further information can be found on our website:

** If you've always dreamed of writing but haven't done it because you're nervous you won't have anything to say, you're not sure how to start or maybe you write all the time but want to improve, check out the FREE writing workshops available through SouthWestFest!**

Our amazing judge this year is writer, performer, walker, blogger and poet, Lucy Furlong.

Lucy Furlong's writing has been widely published, and, in 2013, one of her poems was nominated for a Forward Prize and a Pushcart Prize. Her poetry map, Amniotic City, was featured in The Guardian and her pamphlet, clew, was published by Hesterglock Press in 2015. Her latest poetry map, Over the Fields, was published in September last year. She regularly reads and performs her work nationally, and recently took part in a literature festival in Berlin. She has an MFA in creative writing, and has lectured at Kingston University and at the Rose Theatre, Kingston upon Thames.