International Writing Competitions
2007 - 2017
Winners announced for 2017
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An invitation to St André-sur-Sèvre
on the 14th October 2017
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for nearby accommodation including what to do and see in the
neighbourhood contact Jocelyn Simms on
Thanks to all our judges for 2017
|Poetry: A. C. Clarke||Short Stories: Emma Curtis||Vignette: Ben Lawrence||One act play: Gordon Simms|
A C Clarke is a poet living in Glasgow and a member of Scottish PEN. She has had seven books and pamphlets of poems published to date. She is interested in outsiders and obscure historical figures and was once described by W N Herbert as having 'an unhealthy interest in skulls and shopping' (intended as a compliment!). Her fourth full collection, In The Margin (Cinnamon Press), came out last year and a pamphlet in Gaelic, Scots and English, Owersettin, in collaboration with Sheila Templeton and Maggie Rabatski, was published by Tapsalteerie this July. Her collection centred on the medieval visionary Margery Kempe, working title 'A Troubling Woman', is due out from Oversteps Books next May. You can read more about her and samples of her work at http://www.poetrypf.co.uk/acclarkepage.shtml http://www.overstepsbooks.com/poets/a-c-clarke/
Emma Curtis is a
founder member of The Prime Writers, a group of authors celebrating
late-onset publication, having signed her first contract at the age
of forty-seven. She also writes short stories and has come first in
the Segora competition twice, as well as being shortlisted twice for
Fish Publishing. Her novel, One Little Mistake will be published as
an ebook on February 23rd. Paperback June 29th. She lives in London
and is fascinated by the darker side of domestic life.
Born in Slough in 1969, Ben now lives in London.
When nine he contracted Stevens Johnsons Syndrome, which affected
his eyesight. He went to a boarding-school for the blind, after
which he studied at Leicester and Warwick universities, attaining an
MA in English Literature. He worked for a psychotherapy regulatory
body in the 1990s.
Gordon Simms has been a Head of English, Head of Performing Arts and a Drama Advisor. He has written several full-length and one-act plays, most recently two ten-minute plays for TheatriVasles. He is currently completing a set of short stories based on his rural upbringing in the 1940s. He has won many awards for his poetry: his full collection Uphill to the Sea won the Biscuit prize in 2011. The following year he and his wife Jocelyn founded the St. Clémentin Bilingual Litfest in SW France.
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