Greenock Writers’ Club: Competitions 2016-2017

1. A short story (fiction): a classic western. 

It should tell a story set primarily in the second half of the 19th century in the American Old West or Canada and may be funny or serious.  This should be an invented story, not an article and not (auto)biography.  However, you may choose as stimulus a real-life event and fictionalise it.

2500-3000 words. 

Adjudicators: Scottish Association of Writers.  There will be three cash prizes awarded: £25 (First place); £15 (Second place) and £10 (Third place) as well as the Greenock Writers’ Club Annual Summer Competition Trophy.

Due 5.10.2016.

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2. An article about a well-known disaster.

This may be a man-made disaster or a natural disaster such as a tsunami or earthquake.  It should be a factual piece written with a view to publication in a newspaper or magazine.  You should indicate on the manuscript cover the publication(s) for which the article might be suitable.  Pictures or photographs may be attached to the article, but should not be included in the body of the text.

800-1000 words. 

Adjudicator: Alex Meikle.

Greenock Writers’ Club Article Trophy.

Due 26.10.2016.

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 3. A Scottish rant.

This should begin with words such as ‘Do you know what makes my blood boil?’ and should contain Scottish dialect.

800-1000 words.

Adjudicator: John Halloran.

Lydia Webster Memorial Trophy.

Due 30.11.2016.

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4. The biography of a European monarch, past or present.

This should be a work of non-fiction.

1000-1500 words. 

Adjudicator: Gail Ward.

Wooden quaich trophy.

Due 1.2.2017.

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 5. A sonnet, using one of the four seasons as your theme.

A sonnet is a poem of fourteen lines using any of a number of formal rhyme schemes, in English typically having ten syllables per line.

There will be a workshop on sonnets prior to the entry date for the competition.

Fourteen lines.

Adjudicator: Marc Sherland (SAW).

Greenock Writers’ Club Poetry Trophy.

Due 22.2.2017.

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6. A short story (fiction): a crime thriller.

This should be an invented story, not an article and not (auto)biography.  However, you may choose as stimulus a real-life event and fictionalise it.

2500-3000 words. 

Adjudicator: Michael Malone (SAW).

Janetta Bowie Memorial Trophy.

Due 29.3.2017.