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Enter our creative writing competition

Are you a budding writer? A Jane Austen, JK Rowling, a John Steinbeck or a John Grisham in the making? If so, we are looking for you to enter our Third Age Trust, creative writing competition.

Based on the successful Welsh competition, we are launching a UK-wide initiative to find the best short story penned by one of our members. The winning story will be published in Third Age Matters magazine, which reaches over a quarter of a million households. We will also commission at least one illustration to accompany it. The winner will see their story in print and will receive a framed copy of their story as it appears in the magazine, with the bespoke illustration.
You may want to discuss your ideas in your interest groups via phone, email or virtual conference call (there is guidance on how to do this) or this may inspire you to start up your own creative writing group. There is advice on how to do this from our Creative Writing subject adviser. Whatever you decide, we want your story! 

How it Works

  • In summary, your story must be your own, individual, original work, in English, a maximum of 1500 words, and not submitted anywhere else.
  • Your submission must be on the theme of: TIME.
  • You must read the Creative Writing Competition Rules before submitting. Any submission which does not meet these will not be considered.
  • All submissions will be judged by regional panels and the best story from each region/ devolved country will be compared to decide on an overall winner. 

The submission portal is now open. The deadline for submission is 12 noon on 19th June 2020. No entries will be accepted after this date. We regret that we cannot accept any entries not submitted through this portal.

Happy writing!