Launch of the Sue Ellison writing contest for young wordsmiths


YOUNG wordsmiths are invited to show their creativity in a competition dedicated to the memory of a writer and radio host.

Children are invited to celebrate their writing skills in the new contest dedicated to the late Sue Ellison.

Sue was a writer, director, actress, radio host and committee member of the Len Saunders Writing Room. It was organized by the Len Saunders Writing Room Project, based at the Lucem House Community Cinema plus, on Corporation Street.

The contest will also give young people the chance to have their name printed and win a grand prize as well.

How does the contest work?

All participants have to do is write a poem on any subject in no more than 40 lines.

The competition is divided into two age groups: 5 to 11 years old and 12 to 16 years old.

The winner of each section will receive a first prize of a book token of £30, a copy of a book of poetry written by Sue Gerrard, the writer and poet in residence at Lucem House and publication on the website of Lucem House.

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The runner up in each section will receive a £20 book token and a poetry book and the third place finisher in each section will receive a £10 book token and a poetry book.

The competition will be judged by Sue Gerrard, poet, author and playwright and Norman Weston, writer and playwright.

Presentations of the winners will take place at Maison Lucem during the Literacy Festival on Friday July 22 or Saturday July 23.

Entry rules

  • Each entry should not exceed 40 lines.
  • Only one entry per person.
  • Entrant must live or attend school in the Borough of St. Helens.
  • Handwritten entries are acceptable but must be legible.
  • Each participant must have permission from their parent/guardian to participate.
  • Prizes cannot be exchanged for cash or other gifts.
  • Copyright remains with the author although the organizers reserve the right to use the poems in competition advertising.
  • No correspondence will be exchanged. The judge’s decision is final.
  • The names or contact details of the participants should not be written on the entry but on the official entry form.
  • Relatives of judges are not allowed to participate.
  • Entries cannot be returned, so please do not send a single copy

How to enter

All entries must be received no later than Friday, June 24, 2022.

For a registration form and to make a submission, contact: [email protected]


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