Thank you to all who participated in our 2021 festival! Our 2022 Syllabus will be issued in September so please keep your eye on our website and Facebook page for its release. Meanwhile please feel free to have a browse through our 2021 syllabus to see what kind of classes we offer!
PLEASE BE AWARE AVAILABLE CLASSES MAY CHANGE FOR 2022.
Tony Corbin has now stood down from running the Creative Writing section for Basingstoke Music and Arts Festival.
Amy Underdown and Anne Boyere will be running the section for our 2022 festival!
Amy Mobile: 07572545488
Adjudicators: Catherine M Brennan and Dr Kevan Manwaring
Entries should be typed (1.5 line minimum, font 10 to 12pt) or clearly written on A4 paper. Good margins are required on all work with the page and class number (i.e. CW11) added using ‘headers and footers’. An illustration is allowed but will not contribute towards the overall mark. Entrant’s name to appear only on the Entry Form as all work is anonymously marked by the adjudicators. Maximum five entries per person in any one class and ten entries per person overall.
The Creative Writing Section Entry Form – if not inserted into the printed syllabus- is downloadable from the website: http//basingstokemusicandarts.org.uk as a PDF or is available from the Section Secretary. This must be fully completed and signed. Entries may be sent by post or emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org Please contact the Creative Writing Secretary if you require details for making payment by Electronic Bank Transfer.
Creative Writing Awards Ceremony
Results of the adjudication will be announced at the Creative Writing Awards Ceremony. This will take place at 2.30pm on Sunday 21st March 2021 in the Main Hall at Queen Mary’s College, Basingstoke, RG21 3HF. If you are unable to attend the Awards Ceremony, please enclose an A4 stamped addressed envelope (SAE) for £1.88 <3 x 2nd class> with your entry. This will cover the costs to post back the competition results, certificate and adjudicator remarks.
ARTICLES – Non Fiction, own choice of subject – topical, contemporary or historical in nature. The article should be persuasive and informative irrespective of the chosen topic.
|CW1||Years 4-6||Up to 500 words|
Award: CHARLES LAMB CUP
|CW2||Years 7-13||Up to 1,000 words|
Award: CHARLES LAMB CUP
|CW3||Adult||Up to 2000 words|
Award: ARTHUR ATTWOOD CUP
LETTER WRITING – Own choice of subject on one A4 sheet with 1.5 line spacing. Please set out in letter format with Dear <name>, date and sender’s (can be fictional) address. Addressee info on a separate sheet.
Award: TONY CORBIN TROPHY
Award: MARIAN GREY CUP
Award: BASINGSTOKE WRITERS’ CIRCLE CUP
Award: ANGELA HURLEY CUP
POETRY – Own choice of subject and style up to a maximum length of 40 lines. Styles can include Blank verse – almost always iambic pentameter, Rhymed poetry, Narrative poetry and Haiku.
Award: CHARLES LAMB AWARD CUP
Award: SADLER-HALL CUP
Award: GARLAND CUP
Award: WARTON CUP
Award: CLIDDESDEN SHIELD
SHORT STORIES – conveying setting, conflicts, characters, plot, theme, and perspectives. Own choice of subject, maximum length as defined below:
|CW13||Years 1-2||Up to 500 words|
Award: AMY O’CONNELL SHIELD
|CW14||Years 3-6||Up to 800 words|
Award: DAVID ANDERSON BASINGSTOKE ROTARY CLUB CUP
|CW15||Years 7-13.||Up to 1000 words|
Award: BRYN STRUDWICK CUP
Award: SONY BROADCAST CUP
|Up to 2500 words|
SCRIPT WRITING – A one-act play, on any subject. Please include – outline of setting, props required, character names, production directions and intended medium (i.e. Radio, stage or TV). Durations as shown.
|CW17||Years 4-6||10 mins.|
Award: ROY HURLEY CUP
|CW18||Years 7-13||15 mins.|
Award: JANE AUSTEN STEVENTON TROPHY
Award: MICHELDEVER CUP
SONNETS – Normally 14 lines and 10 syllables per line. Please state the Sonnet Form i.e. Italian, Shakespearean, Petrarchan or Spenserian.
Award: BRYN STRUDWICK TROPHY
Award: JIM BRIGGS CUP
FLASH FICTION 500 WORD CHALLENGE – Own choice of subject. The story should be substantially set in Basingstoke or the Borough (i.e. Basingstoke & Deane). Marks will be deducted otherwise.
|CW22||Years 5-13.||500 words|
Award: BRECON BEACONS CUP
Award: DESTINATION BASINGSTOKE TROPHY
Introduced in 2019, the exceptional challenge and aim of flash fiction is to outline or indicate, in just 500 WORDS, a clear portrayal of both character and plot development. An additional goal should be to imply a much larger backstory.
POEM INTO POEM
An amazing 110 languages, including sign-language and other communication systems, are used across the Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council administrative area. The aim of Poem into Poem is to encourage the sharing of verses, poems or songs from other languages by translating them to poetry in English.
- Please provide a copy of the original, whether your own writing or a published poem.
- In 100/150 words, outline why you chose or wrote the original poem and now wish to share it.
- Individually, or collaboratively, recreate and produce as a poem in English.
Entrants should live within the Borough of Basingstoke and can enter as an individual or as part of a tutored, collaborative school group. Please indicate any form of assistance given at the foot of the entry.
|CW24||Years 1-6||Up to 30 lines|
Award: ALETHEA AWARD*
|CW25||Years 7-13||Up to 40 lines.|
Award: ALETHEA AWARD*
*These awards, which include a book-token, are in memory of Alethea Watterson, nee Stevenson, (1918-2007), a theatrical dancer, who set up and ran the Basingstoke Spanish Circle. For further guidance please contact Richenda Power (Alethea’s daughter) – Email: email@example.com or Phone on: 01256-322959
CALLUM JAMES SHIELD For best overall entry in children’s classes.
RICHARD WATTERSON CUP For best overall entry in adult classes.