Launch of the Evesham Festival of Words writing competition

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Today marks the launch of the Evesham Festival of Words, a short story competition that celebrates words in all their forms: written, spoken or sung.

The entry deadline is Friday, March 10, 2023 at 5 p.m., but there is an early bird incentive for anyone submitting their story by midnight January 31, 2023.

The names of all authors submitting entries by this date will be put in a hat for the chance to win a £20 book token.

Sue Ablett, festival chair, said: “We are delighted to have Droitwich-based author Alison Jean Lester as our judge this year.

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“She can’t wait to judge the Competition.”

Alison Jean Lester said: “If you have a story that made you feel uncomfortable writing, or confronted you with something you didn’t know you were concerned about, or talked to you about for years before until it becomes words on the page, those are the ones I want to see.

“If a story seemed easy to write, not only technically but also emotionally, I’m pretty sure it’s unlikely to be the most compelling.”

Full competition rules are available on the Evesham Festival of Words website here.

Entrants are requested to read the rules carefully before submitting their entries, in particular taking note of the word count and anonymizing their entries.

It costs just £5 for each submitted entry and the prizes are £200, £100 and £75 for the first three winning entries.

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