Writing & Photography Competitions 2018

The 2018 Wealden Writing and Photography Competitions are open for entries!

In each competition, there are two age categories; (1) Under 14 and (2) 14+. The theme for all competitions this year is:

THE WORLD AT MY DOORSTEP

Writing competition:

The writing competition will be judged by Katherine May, author of The Electricity of Every Living Thing.

Your work can be in any style or form (whether prose, poetry, nature diary or other) but should be limited to no more than 500 words.

Photography competition:

Entries will be judged by Kate Linforth, Wealden Literary Festival artist-in-residence for 2018.


Winning and selected entries will be published on the Wealden Literary Festival website.

The deadline for both competitions is 14 June 2018 and prize winners will be announced shortly afterwards. Please contact [email protected] for further details.

Photographs to be submitted as jpegs with file sizes of between 500Kb and 1.5Mb.

Entries to the writing competition to be submitted as a Word Document.

All entries to be submitted by email to [email protected] with the subject line “Wealden Writing/Photography Competition”.

All entries to include:

Full name of entrant

Address, including postcode

Contact telephone number

Contact email address

Age (under 14’s only)


Prizes – 14+

1st prize – a weekend pass to this year’s Festival

2nd prize – a day pass to either day of this year’s Festival

3rd prize – entrance to an event of your choice at this year’s Festival

Prizes – Under 14

1st prize – a handmade prize by one of our exhibiting craftspeople

2nd prize – two books of your choice from the Festival bookshop

3rd prize – a book of your choice from the Festival bookshop


Terms and conditions

  • All entries to be received by midnight on 14 June 2018
  • All winners to be notified by 21 June 2018
  • A maximum of one entry per person per competition
  • Wealden Literary Festival will have the right to use the photographs and written words on its website and in publicity
  • The decision of the judges will be final
  • The terms of the prize are not negotiable and cannot be exchanged for cash in whole or in part
  • The winners may be asked to participate in related publicity