Write Stuff

Young writers are being asked to create a special place from their imagination for this year’s WriteStuff competition, which is open to local pupils in the Bailiwick of Guernsey of all ages. 

The title for this year’s 300-word competition is ‘Imaginary Worlds’. Using their imaginations, writers should think about who they would be and where would they be in this special place of their own creation.

Head judge for the competition will be a man who knows all about strange and wonderful places, historian, explorer and best-selling author Huw Lewis-Jones, and the three other judges will be award-winning authors Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Ross Collins and Piers Torday. Filter judges will be Tony Booth and Rachel Wyatt.

The competition, which is sponsored again this year by Julius Baer, has a closing date of 18 March and there are three classes, Primary (years 3-6), Intermediate (years 7-9) and Senior (years 10+). All entries should be submitted directly through the website: writestuff.gg

We are delighted to celebrate the winning stories at the Write Stuff Awards prize giving ceremony on Saturday 4th May. The awards to be handed out by head judge, Huw Lewis Jones.

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Poems on the move

We’re thrilled to announce that Maura Dooley has been confirmed as the judge of our 2019 Guernsey International Poetry Competition, sponsored by Guernsey Post.

Maura's latest collection of poetry is The Silvering (Bloodaxe 2016). She was Poet-in-Residence at the Jane Austen House Museum, Chawton. Poems from the residency are published as A Quire of Paper (The Poetry Business 2016). Last year (with Elhum Shakerifa) she published versions of poetry by exiled Iranian writer Azita Ghahreman, Negative of a Group Photograph (Bloodaxe 2018).

Her work has been shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Forward Prize. She received a Gregory Award, a Cholmondeley Award, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and teaches at Goldsmiths, University of London.

The competition, which has a first prize of £1000, gives you the chance to have your poems read by thousands, on the move, in the beautiful island of Guernsey. 

Winning entries are selected in two phases: 21 poems will be chosen, and 9 of these will take part in a second, larger display, first at Guernsey Airport, then all over the island.

There are 3 categories for the competition which include Open Poetry (18 and over), Channel Islands’ Poetry (18 and over, born or resident in the Channel Islands) and Young People’s Poetry (aged 12-17).

The Winners' Reading will be hosted by Maura Dooley at a special presentation event on 1st May 2019, as part of the Guernsey Literary Festival.

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