Coastal writing for wellness competition is now CLOSED. THANK YOU for all your entries.

Our inaugural coastal writing for wellness competition is now closed.

Sole adjudicator: Deborah Harvey

There are few rules other than the subject of your writing should be inspired by the coast, nature and all it encompasses. How you decide to interpret this is up to you, providing your piece is either a poem (maximum of 40 lines, excluding title, any form welcome), or a Flash Fiction piece (maximum of 500 words, excluding title, no minimum). You can submit up to three pieces and these should be unpublished and not be submitted elsewhere for publication (personal blogs are exempt). There should be no identifying factors within your submission.

Rules for entry

The competition is open to anyone aged 16 or over and should be submitted in English. Typeset 12pt Times New Roman and aligned left unless essential to form. A Word document is preferred, although a PDF is acceptable.

Entry fee is £3.50 per piece, and up to a maximum of three pieces can be submitted. This can be a mix of poetry and flash fiction if you so wish.

Submissions should be sent in one document stating; COMPETITION and the title of work/s in the email subject. Within the body of the email should be, your name & preferred contact method along with the Pay Pal reference number. Therefore, you will need to pay via Pay Pal before emailing your submission. Once your submission has been received you will receive a confirmation email (this may not be immediate).

The email for submissions is;

The Pay Pal address for payment is;

There will be a 1st prize of £100.00 sterling and a 2nd prize of £50.00. Commended pieces will be at the discretion of the judge.

Unfortunately, at this time, we are only able to accept submissions by email.

We can not enter in any correspondence with entrants regarding their submissions. No changes can be made to your submission once it has been received.

The closing date for entries is; midnight on the 18th April 2020.

Winners will be announced on the website and via Twitter, the week beginning; 16th May 2020. If your entry is successful, you will be contacted prior to the announcement date.

Deborah Harvey’s poems have been published in journals and anthologies, broadcast on Radio 4’s Poetry Please, and awarded several major prizes. Her poetry collections, The Shadow Factory (2019), Breadcrumbs (2016), Map Reading for Beginners (2014), and Communion (2011), are published by Indigo Dreams, while her historical novel, Dart, appeared under their Tamar Books imprint in 2013. 

Deborah tweets as @DeborahEHarvey
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