Current and upcoming competitions


The Society operates a varied competitions programme throughout the year, with all trophies, certificates and cash prizes now awarded at the annual Spring Tea in London. The majority of our competitions are open to full and associate members only. Full details of how to enter each competition are published in The Woman Writer magazine and may also appear on our facebook and twitter pages.

Please direct any queries to the Competitions Co-ordinator vivienhampshire@btinternet.com.

The John Walter Salver Competition 2017: Short story


Write a short story in any style or genre, where the weather is a prominent feature. Maximum 1500 words. Full details in the Spring issue of The Woman Writer. Three cash prizes. Silver trophy awarded to the overall winner.

Judge: Janet Gover.
Closing date: 31 August 2017.

The Elizabeth Longford Rose Bowl for Poetry 2018


Write a poem in any style (max 40 lines).

Theme: Water.

Full details in the Summer issue of The Woman Writer. Three cash prizes. Silver trophy awarded to the overall winner.

Judge: Claire Dyer.
Closing date: 5 January 2018.

Winner Takes All


Details of our next Winner Takes All competition for a themed story or poem of no more than 250 words will appear in the Autumn issue of The Woman Writer

Recent competition winners

 

  • Writing for Children 2017. Unthemed

    Judged by Ann Evans

    DETAILS OF WINNERS AWAITED

  • The Elizabeth Longford Rose Bowl for Poetry 2017. Unthemed

    Judged by Doris Corti

    Winner: Finola Holiday: Trees in Winter

    Second: Mary Rothwell: Whale Island

    Third: Finola Holiday: The Accident

    Highly Commended: Sylvia Goodman: Mourning Glory

  • The John Walter Salver Competition 2016. Travel article

    Judged by Solange Hando

    Winner: Beryl Fleming: White Silence

    Second: Mary Rensten: Dividing Doors

    Third: Mari Nicholson: After Katerina, New Orleans is Jazzin’ again

  • Winner Takes All: ‘Take Six Words’ Competition. December 2016

    Judging panel chaired by Edwina McPherson, assisted by Kay Seeley and Rob Nisbet

    Winner: Margaret Mounsdon: Weeping Willow

  • William Shakespeare Themed Crossword competition 2016.

    Winner: Roberta Grieve

  • Winner Takes All: ‘Opening Lines’ Competition. March 2016

    Judging panel chaired by Edwina McPherson, assisted by Sheila McAdams and Antonia Davis

    Winner: Beryl Fleming: A Handful of Petals

  • The Elizabeth Longford Rose Bowl for Poetry 2016. Theme: Love

    Judged by Cathy Galvin

    Winner: Finola Holiday: Lines Written on the Eve of a Departure for Siberia

    Highly Commended: Doris Corti: Strange Delight

    Highly Commended: Patricia Francis: Ablutionary Call

  • The John Walter Salver Competition 2015: Short story. Theme: The Present

    Judged by Wendy Clarke

    Winner: Caroline Auckland: Patterns

    Second: Jane Lockyer-Willis: Undelivered

    Third: Margaret Mounsdon: Flowers for the Teacher

    Highly Commended: Valerie Dunmore: The Present…?

  • The Elizabeth Longford Rose Bowl for Poetry 2015. Unthemed

    Judged by Katherine Gallagher

    Winner: Valerie Tigwell: Rare Visit to Dad in Belfast

    Second: Valerie Dunmore: The Passion of the Dance

    Third: Margaret Gallop: Hell manned

    Commended: Margaret Gallop: Voice of a Yorkshire Ghost

    Commended: Mary Rothwell: Rhyader

    Commended: Dorothy Pope: Denial

SWWJ competition rules

Please read these rules carefully. Failure to comply could lead to your entry being invalidated.

  1. SWWJ competitions are open to full and associate members only. Unless specifically stated, Friends of the Society and non-members are not eligible to enter.

  2. Please ensure that any maximum word or line length set for the competition is strictly adhered to.

  3. Your membership number (NOT your name) and the title of your work should appear on every page of your entry. Please number the pages.

  4. Please type or print on one side of plain white A4 paper only. No handwritten entries please.

  5. Please use double spacing for all prose entries. Poems may be spaced as the poet requires.

  6. Every entry must have a detachable cover sheet showing the title, your name, membership number, address, and email address and/or phone number so we can contact you.

  7. Entries must be accompanied by the appropriate fee. Cheques to be made payable to SWWJ. A maximum of three entries per person to each competition is allowed. Sending cash is discouraged.

  8. Entries received after the closing date may be disregarded with no return of fee.

  9. If you would like to receive a copy of the judge’s report, please also enclose a self-addressed envelope of suitable size and bearing the correct postage.

  10. Entries MUST not be previously published or have been read or performed in any public domain up to the closing date. They should not be currently entered into any other competition.

  11. Please do not send your entry by recorded/special delivery or registered post. Enclose a stamped self-addressed postcard if you wish us to acknowledge its safe receipt.

  12. Keep a copy of your work as the Society cannot be held responsible for the loss of your entry, in the post or otherwise. Manuscripts will not be returned after judging.

  13. Cash prizes for winners and runners up vary per competition and will be as advertised.

  14. In the event of a large number of entries, or if the judge requests it, the Society reserves the right to appoint a shortlisting panel.

  15. Please keep the prize-giving date free in your diary and book a ticket to attend if at all possible. If you are a winner, we would like to congratulate you and present your prize to you in person!


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