Student Writing Competition – LitFest & University of Worcester

Launch of Student Writing Competition Announced

Worcestershire LitFest & Fringe and the Creative & Professional Writing Degree at Worcester University have combined forces to develop a writing competition designed to help young writers fulfil their dreams. Students across subject areas are being encouraged to submit to this competition – this FREE competition is for ALL students doing Writing at Worcester University and across Worcester. The deadline is Friday Feb 27, 2015 and the prize includes publication across four platforms:

Open Theme

We are looking for:

Poems – no more than 3 per person,  20 lines max per poem
Short stories: max 2000 words
Non-fiction: max 2000 words
Flash-fiction: max 500 words
Scripts: max 20 pages screenplay format/play format

Entries must be sent to:
Julie MacLusky
Course Leader, Creative & Professional Writing
Bredon Building 133
University of Worcester

This competition is unique in that it has been planned by Maggie Doyle, co-director of the Festival, and Poet Laureate Emeritus for Worcestershire, and Julie MacLusky, Course Leader for the degree in Creative & Professional Writing at the University of Worcester, to fit around the academic year of students in the city.

Julie MacLusky said ‘We are determined to attract strong submissions – in addition to our degree in Creative & Professional Writing, the University has students studying Screenwriting, Journalism and Dramatic Writing, and students from across all subject areas will be encouraged to enter. The deadline has been set for the end of February, which means that students will have time to incorporate feedback from writing submitted for assignments for their college work, or choose to polish writing completed outside of their coursework.’

The winner will be announced at a celebratory event in May – before the students disappear for their summer break.  The winner will, uniquely, be rewarded with the chance to see their writing published across four different platforms – and this reflects ways that traditional publishing is breaking into new electronic media right now.


Dr Todd Swift (Senior Lecturer in Writing)
Julie MacLusky (Course Leader – Creative & Professional Writing)
Sarah Evans (Screenwriting)
Simon Bovey (Screenwriting)
Prof. Rod Griffiths (LitFest)
Maggie Doyle (LitFest Poet Laureate Emeritus)

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