Creative Writing

Amy Underdown and Anne Boyere will be running the section for our 2022 festival! 


All entries to be submitted through Run My Festival by JANUARY 21st, 2022

Section Secretary: Amy Underdown and Anne Boyere


Phone: 07572545488 (Amy) 07515821851 (Anne)


Catherine Brennan & Burhana Islam

When entering Creative Writing with Run My Festival, under “Pieces To Be Performed” please enter the details of the piece of writing you’re submitting. Write the TITLE of your piece under “Name” and the name of the WRITER under “Author/Composer”. Once you’ve entered with Run My Festival, please send your piece(s) of writing as a Word document to the email above, including the title of your writing, name, class, and word count.

If you’re entering Creative Writing as a school or writing group on behalf of your pupils or members, please write MULTIPLE ENTRIES under “Name” and the name of the SCHOOL or GROUP under “Author/Composer”. Then send to the email above all entries in separate Word documents, including the title of the writing, name, class, and word count, as well as a list recounting titles, writers’ names, class, word count, and the name of your school/group. We will place the entries into RMF on your behalf and then send you an invoice with the final tally.  Please don’t make your payment until you have received this invoice from us.

Any questions, please contact us via email.


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

Trophy shared with CW2

Award: Charles Lamb Cup

Up to 500 words
CW2 Years 7-13 Up to 1,000 words

Trophy shared with CW1

Award: Charles Lamb Cup

CW3 Adult Up to 2,000 words

Own Choice

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.

CW4 Years 1-2

Award: Tony Corbin Trophy

CW5 Years 3-6

Award: Marian Grey Cup

CW6 Years 7-13

Award: Basingstoke Writers’ Circle Cup

CW7 Adult

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.

CW8 Primary Years 1-2
CW9 Primary Years 3-4
CW10 Primary Years 5-6
CW11 Secondary Years 7-13
CW12 Adult

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
CW14 Years 3-6 Up to 800 words.
CW15 Years 7-13 Up to 1,000 words
CW16 Adult Up to 2,500 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.
CW18 Years 7-13 15 mins.
CW19 Adult 20 mins.

SONNETS – Normally 14 lines and 10 syllables per line. Please state the Sonnet Form i.e. Italian, Shakespearean, Petrarchan or Spenserian.

CW20 Years 5-13
CW21 Adult

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.
CW23 Adult 500 words.


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.


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.

1) Please provide a copy of the original, whether your own writing or a published poem.

2) In 100/150 words, outline why you chose or wrote the original poem and now wish to

share it.

3) 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.
CW25 Years 7-13 Up to 40 lines.


CALLUM JAMES SHIELD For best overall entry in children’s classes.

RICHARD WATTERSON CUP For best overall entry in adult classes.