We know, it's only a few days to go.
No need to panic, we're here to help with those last few tweaks and touches to your entry. What better way to learn than from the competition founders themselves? (Which is us, in case you hadn't heard).
It’s a valid question. One that has valid answers.
With one week to go, we're dishing out that last minute advice before those final submissions come in. In this case, I want to talk about responding to our themes. When we decided to give these set themes, we had some responses who said that these themes were giving too many restrictions and rules to the competition. However, we decided to go ahead, and I think it's fair to offer some explanation as to why and provide some advice to help you out.
We've been quite busy over the last few months getting everything ready for the competition, from gaining grants to running workshops. With so much going on, I thought it best to take a second and collate them all in one place so you can keep up-to-date with the latest.
1. The competition is now free
The biggest and most exciting news is that the competition is now free to enter.
We decided to get rid of the entry fee thanks to funding given by Lancaster Friends and the Duchy of Lancaster Benevolence Fund. We can't thank them enough for their support, and we hope this change makes the competition all the more accessible.
As a quick reminder, you can enter both categories (poetry and prose) once each, so be sure to get them in by 22nd March at 5 pm.