Segora International Writing Competitions
2007 - 2017
Winners announced for 2017
Go to Competitions, then click on each competition page to discover the winners.

An invitation to St André-sur-Sèvre on the 14th October 2017
A celebration of 11 years of the Segora International writing competitions

You are cordially invited to lunch at 1.15 with guests Edwin Apps and Chuck Grieve
and to browse our bookstall where bargains may be found. The venue is the Salle des Association in the beautiful garden ‘le Jardin Cloture’ next to the church.

11.00 – 1.00 Specially designed writer’s workshop suitable for poets, story writers and playwrights.

1.15 -2.15 Lunch.

2.15 Readings of some of the prize winning entries.

2.45 Chuck Grieve, publisher, will talk about his involvement with the late Ian Mathie whose fascinating career is portrayed in the Africa Diaries. Ian presented twice at the Bilingual Litfest in St Clémentin to much acclaim.
3.30. Further readings from Segora prize-winning entries.
4.00. A rencontre with local celebrity Edwin Apps, artist, actor and writer and author of Pursued by Bishops who will talk about some of the highlights of his career.
5.00 Afternoon Tea and a rehearsed reading of an extract from this year’s winning play, The Long Dance, by award winning playwright Edgar Chisholm, set in the Bible Belt of the USA. This will be followed by a Q. and A with the audience and performers.
6.00 The winning Vignettes (a Segora speciality).
6.30 Vin d’honneur
7.00 Dinner to be arranged at Le Cheval Blanc, delightful gourmet restaurant in La Forêt-sur-Sèvre (3ks from St André.)
For anyone who wishes to stay over there are plenty of B&Bs, gîtes in St André, including what is said to be the most unusual stopover in Deux-Sévres! See attachment.

For further suggestions 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
Poetry competition Short story competition Vignette competition One Act Play competition

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


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.
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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.
Since then, Ben has resumed writing and performing stand-up comedy. He writes songs under the name of Benjamin Lo-Fi. In 2016 he won the Best EP category in the Akademia Music Awards with his collection of songs Delete History. He’s written numerous articles for Black Poppy magazine which deals with drug- and alcohol-related issues. His ebook ‘How To Become A Crack Addict’ is available on Amazon.
He won the Segora short story competition in 2014, with On Going Blind, and was commended in the 2015 and 2016 vignette competitions. He also writes geeky interactive fiction in the form of ‘text adventures’ and is currently writing a novella within the fantasy genre.

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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