february, 2021

05febAll DayTHE 16th ELMBRIDGE LITERARY COMPETITIONInternational Entry Fee: £5. Under 18s free. Max word count: 1,500 (short fiction), 30 lines (poetry) Top Prize: £250 and publication


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“What music do you like?” The question asked on every first date…
“That’s not music, that’s just noise!” Every parent’s review of their children’s favourite band…
“Music is the art which is most nigh to tears and memory…” Oscar Wilde on how a song can roll back the years and take you to a place forgotten, with friends long gone.

Literature and music have always gone hand in hand. Poets and authors, from Percy Shelley To William Shakespeare, John Keats to Jane Austen and Nick Hornby to Roddy Doyle have woven it as themes through their works. 2021 is the 150th Anniversary of the Royal Albert Hall, a venue which has seen every style of music performed beneath its iconic dome. To celebrate this, the 16th Elmbridge Literary Competition is looking for poems and short stories that take music as their inspiration.

Following the success of 2020’s ‘New World’, The Elmbridge Literary Competition is once more open to national and international submissions. Run in partnership between The R C Sherriff Trust and Elmbridge Borough Council, it is open to all ages.

Entry for adults is £5 with under 18s free.

Alongside the prizes for each age category The 2020 Competition includes The Elmbridge prize for the best story or poem in the adult category submitted by an Elmbridge resident.

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