Chloe Sebire, Sam Brown and Lizzie Kennedy were the class winners in the 2019 Guernsey Literary Festival’s Write Stuff writing competition for local school pupils, a competition which attracted a record 700 entries from 21 schools.
Young writers were asked to create a special place from their imagination for this year’s competition, which was open to pupils of all ages in the Bailiwick of Guernsey. The title for this year’s 300-word competition was ‘Imaginary Worlds’.
Head judge for the competition was historian, explorer and best-selling author Huw Lewis-Jones, and the three other judges were award-winning authors Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Ross Collins and Piers Torday. Filter judges were Tony Booth and Rachel Wyatt. The competition was sponsored by Julius Baer.
The 2020 competition will be launched in early January, so be sure to make a note in your calendar and keep an eye out for more details in the near future.
All 2019 entries can be viewed through the website: www.writestuff.gg
Poems on the move
UK Poet Laureate Simon Armitage will judge the entries in the 2020 Guernsey International Poetry Competition (Poems on the Move), organised by the Guernsey Literary Festival. Attracting Simon Armitage, who was appointed Poet Laureate in succession to Carol Ann Duffy this year, is a major coup for the Festival and for the competition, which attracts entries from all over the world. It will mean that no fewer than three Poets Laureate have spoken at the Guernsey Literary Festival, Armitage, Duffy and Andrew Motion.
As in past years, the competition is split into three categories, Open (18 and over), Channel Islands residents (18 and over) and Young People (aged 12-17). It is hoped this year to expand the entry numbers from young writers, especially those from Guernsey. The competition, which has a £1000 first prize for the winning poem in the open section, runs until 15th January 2020 and is sponsored by Guernsey Post.
For more information, go to www.poemsonthemove.com