Classical Association Creative Writing Competition – open to all ages

To celebrate the appointment of actor, broadcaster, narrator and writer Stephen Fry as the CA’s Honorary President for 2021-22, we are delighted to launch a nationwide Creative Writing competition for writers and classicists of all ages. As well as prize money and signed books, there is also the unique opportunity for one exceptional writer to have their story read and recorded by Stephen himself! This audio recording will be made available on the CA website, podcast and social media.

Junior Competition (aged 11 and under)

M Y T H S

Write a piece of creative prose of no more than 800 words using the theme ‘Myths’ as your stimulus. You should draw inspiration from the ancient world, but you do not have to set your story in ancient times. You can choose any title for your piece. You are very welcome to include illustrations as part of your submission, but they will not form part of the judging criteria.

Entries will be judged on originality, interpretation of the theme ‘Myths’, use of language, plot, and characterisation. Submissions will be read anonymously by the Classical Association Judging Panel. A shortlist will be drawn up and then three winners selected to win the following prizes:

Prizes

1st Prize: £150, certificate and signed book

2nd Prize: £100, certificate and signed book

3rd Prize: £75, certificate and signed book

Up to five highly commended certificates will also be handed out to shortlisted entrants.

 

Senior Competition (aged 12-18)

H E R O E S

Write a piece of creative prose of no more than 1500 words using the theme ‘Heroes’ as your stimulus. You should draw inspiration from the ancient world, but you do not have to set your story in ancient times. You can choose any title for your piece.

Entries will be judged on originality, interpretation of the theme ‘Heroes’, use of language, plot, and characterisation. Submissions will be read anonymously by the Classical Association Judging Panel. A shortlist will be drawn up and then three winners selected to win the following prizes:

Prizes

1st Prize: £200, certificate and signed book

2nd Prize: £150, certificate and signed book

3rd Prize: £100, certificate and signed book

Up to five highly commended certificates will also be handed out to shortlisted entrants.

Open Competition (aged 19 and over)

T R O Y

Write a piece of creative prose of no more than 1500 words using the theme ‘Troy’ as your stimulus. You should draw inspiration from the ancient world, but you do not have to set your story in ancient times. You can choose any title for your piece.

Entries will be judged on originality, interpretation of the theme ‘Troy’, use of language, plot, and characterisation. Submissions will be read anonymously by the Classical Association Judging Panel. A shortlist will be drawn up and then three winners selected to win the following prizes:

Prizes

1st Prize: £250, certificate and signed book

2nd Prize: £150, certificate and signed book

3rd Prize: £100, certificate and signed book

Up to five highly commended certificates will be handed out to shortlisted entrants.

The Overall Winner (drawn from any of the three categories) will receive a recording of their story, read by CA Hon. President, Stephen Fry, and this ‘audio-story’ will be shared on the CA website, podcast and social media.

How to enter:

  1. Fill in this form: https://forms.office.com/r/yL4fNNJJC5
  2. Send your story to [email protected] as a PDF. The title of your email should be ‘Classics Competition Entry’ and you should write your name and the category you are entering in the body of the email.

The closing date is Thursday 3rd February 2022 at 18:00 GMT.

Rules:

  • Entrants must be residents of the UK.
  • You may only submit one entry into the competition.
  • All entries must be submitted in English.
  • Your story must be an original piece of fiction.
  • Entries that exceed the word count will not be considered.

Permissions:

The personal data provided when entering this competition will only be used for the purposes of administering the competition and in accordance with the CA’s Data Protection Policy. We do not pass on or sell personal information and/or contact details to any third parties.

Prize recipients and shortlisted participants must be willing to appear in publicity about the competition and to have their work displayed online – you will be asked to confirm that you give permission when you submit your entry.

Good Luck!

Please direct any queries to [email protected]