Wordsmiths Competition 2020

Is Open!

We’ve had a LOT of letters from writers in recent weeks. It’s plain to see that people are already chafing under current restrictions and our rigid rules were removing what little FUN they had left in their lives. We set the rules because we were trying to be fair but now we realize we need to be UNFAIR - to EVERYONE!
**Disclaimer (part 1): Entries submitted under the original rules will still be valid
**Disclaimer (part 2): People featured in photos on our site are not previous winners



Think of creating a piece of jewelry but you work with words, not gold. It could be intricate, ornate, studded with sparkling stones or large and awe-inspiring, a wonder to behold. The choice is yours wordsmiths but remember the judges walk among a gallery of the very best worldwide. Believe in yourself and write honestly from the heart. 

Rules for Submissions 

• Contestants may submit work in the English language (no other) on any subject and in any style, genre or presentation form

• Prose, poetry or a combination of the two are among the perfectly acceptable forms

• Work will be judged anonymously so the entrants name or details should not appear anywhere in the manuscript

• Entries are to contain a minimum of 1 word (no half words please) and there is no upper limit. Entries not adhering to this rule will be disqualified and contestants banned

• All entries must be submitted digitally to email address: bethestudent@icloud.com

• Entrants are asked to put ‘WORD 2020’ as the email subject and provide their FULL name, postal address, telephone number and brief bio (2-3 sentences) in the body of the email. Manuscript to be attached

• Clearly photographed handwritten work is acceptable (but no selfies please)

• The entry fee is £10 GBP. Please send via PayPal to bethestudent@icloud.com

• Deadline for submission is 15th Nov 2020

• Shortlisted contestants will be notified by 30th December and the winner will be announced by 1st February 2021

• All shortlisted entries will receive feedback

— — — —  and just in case — — — —

• By submitting you agree to all the rules

• Entry fees will be only be refunded for the winner. If the winning contestant has submitted more than one entry they will be refunded for all entries

• Excessively graphic or offensive content will result in the piece being disqualified

• The winning piece may be subject to minor editing or correction before publication on the webpage

• Rules are subject to change if necessary except one - you must be 18+ to enter
• Judges are considered capable of impartiality and contestants may not appeal their decisions (even if the same work has also been nominated for the Nobel Prize)


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