Creative Writing

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

Email: amyunderdown99@gmail.com

Adjudicators: Catherine M Brennan and Dr Kevan Manwaring

Guidelines

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: bmafcw@kempshott.plus.com 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.

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

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.

CW8 Years 1-2

Award: CHARLES LAMB AWARD CUP

CW9 Years 3-4

Award: SADLER-HALL CUP

CW10 Years 5-6

Award: GARLAND CUP

CW11 Years 7-13

Award: WARTON CUP

CW12 Adult

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

CW16 Adult

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

CW19 Adult

Award: MICHELDEVER CUP

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

Award: BRYN STRUDWICK TROPHY

CW21 Adult

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

CW23 Adult 500 words

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: richendapower@btinternet.com or Phone on: 01256-322959

 

SPECIAL AWARDS

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

RICHARD WATTERSON CUP   For best overall entry in adult classes.