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Local Events

This page contains details of literary competitions and events run by TVWC and other local organisations such as the Berkshire Music and Arts Festival. The results, will be shown here. The entries to TVWC competitions are added to the Library (if we have them in digital form). Details of other local and national writing competitions brought to our notice are circulated to members by email. Two of our events are in recognition of the contributions of late members, to the TVWC. You can read about them on our In Memoriam page.

24 Apr 2018

Iain Pattison Short Story Comp

Entries on the theme of “Anniversary” must be not more than 1500 words in length. Your entry (hard copy only) must be submitted to Sally no later than the close of the meeting on Tuesday 22nd May 2018. Your name must not appear on the pages of your entry. Instead, attach a sheet containing your name and the title of your entry. Sally will keep track of who wrote which story but Iain will not know the identities of the authors when judging. Iain is a well known judge of writing competitions. He will provide a written critique of each entry which in the past members have found very helpful. He will place the best three stories. Readings of the entries (and the critiques if members are happy to share them) will be on 19th June and Sally will then announce the winners. There were 15 entries to this year’s event… …and the winners were: 1. Act of Remembrance by David Burnell 2. Christmas and Birthday by Helen Collett 3. Magic George by Walter Jardine

2 Aug 2018

Summer Homework

A note from Les on this year’s competition. This year the theme is 'What a wonderful world, and funny too.' The word limit is 1250. I hope you have fun writing your story. Depending on the number of stories we will spread the readings over the first few weeks of our return, interspersed with other contributions.

26 Sep 2018

One Act Play Competition

Arthur Burke of Progress Theatre has changed the closing date for submissions to Nov 5th. He will attend our meeting on 13 November with critiques of the entries and will announce the first three places. Entries to be emailed to Arthur: arthurburke1@googlemail.com Rules remain as per the original email (TEN MINUTES MAXIMUM LENGTH etc).

5 Dec 2018

Arthur Redway Memorial Competition

The Results

1. Silent Night? A Different View David Baldock =2. Holes Nick Telepneff =2. Silent Night - or is it Sarah Cox The theme/title of the competition is ‘Silent Night’. Entries can be a short story or poem, any genre, maximum word count 1200. Send entries to Walter at webmaster@thamesvalleywriterscircle.org to arrive no later than 3 Jan 2019. You can also find this address on our website home page, near the top of the page. Please do not write your name on the actual entry. Everybody will then have until our first meeting back on 8th January 2019 to read through the entries - which will be uploaded on to our website Library page 2018 - and choose your favourites. Then email your votes for the top three in order of preference to Stuart on stuart@tilehurst.plus.com or intcoms@thamesvalleywriterscircle.org, and he will count up your votes. The top three stories will be read at the meeting on 8 Jan.
Feb 2019 Chris Mundy Memorial Poetry Competition 2019 Result: 1. Majesty Barbara O Smith =2. Some Higher Cloud Les Willliams =2. Plastic Tears Chloe Stoakes Entries: no more than 50 lines. The theme is The Kite. Closing date: email to Stuart by midnight of Sunday 10th March Stuart will anonymise them before forwarding to Walter who will upload them to the website. Judging: When you have read them all please email your results(top 3 places) to Stuart by midnight 31st March. Readings of all the entries will be on 2nd April, followed by the announcement of the winners and presentation of the shield.
Barbara with the trophy

7 May 2019: Iain Pattison Judged Short Story Competition Announced

Requirements For This Year’s Event Length: Maximum of 1500 words. Theme: A modern take on a nursery rhyme or fable. Closing date: Hard copy to Sally no later than the meeting on 4 June 2019. Entry: On A4 paper, double spaced, 12pt font. Do not include your name on the story sheet(s). Instead, include a cover sheet with your identifying details (mouse- over/tap here to see a sample). Results: The results will be announced on 9 July, followed by readings of the entries and (optionally) the critiques. The readings may overflow to the following week’s meeting.
Iain Pattison Iain is a full-time author, creative writing tutor and competition judge. His short stories have appeared in numerous women’s magazines, UK and US anthologies and been broadcast on BBC Radio 4. We are very grateful to Iain for his continued support of our efforts to improve our writing.
© Thames Valley Writers’ Circle

Local Events

This page contains details of literary competitions and events run by TVWC and other local organisations such as the Berkshire Music and Arts Festival. The results, will be shown here. The entries to TVWC competitions are added to the Library (if we have them in digital form). Details of other local and national writing competitions brought to our notice are circulated to members by email. Two of our events are in recognition of the contributions of late members, to the TVWC. You can read about them on our In Memoriam page.
24 Apr 2018 Iain Pattison Short Story Comp Entries on the theme of “Anniversary” must be not more than 1500 words in length. Your entry (hard copy only) must be submitted to Sally no later than the close of the meeting on Tuesday 22nd May 2018. Your name must not appear on the pages of your entry. Instead, attach a sheet containing your name and the title of your entry. Sally will keep track of who wrote which story but Iain will not know the identities of the authors when judging. Iain is a well known judge of writing competitions. He will provide a written critique of each entry which in the past members have found very helpful. He will place the best three stories. Readings of the entries (and the critiques if members are happy to share them) will be on 19th June and Sally will then announce the winners. There were 15 entries to this year’s event… …and the winners were: 1. Act of Remembrance by David Burnell 2. Christmas and Birthday by Helen Collett 3. Magic George by Walter Jardine

2 Aug 2018

Summer Homework

A note from Les on this year’s competition. This year the theme is 'What a wonderful world, and funny too.' The word limit is 1250. I hope you have fun writing your story. Depending on the number of stories we will spread the readings over the first few weeks of our return, interspersed with other contributions.

26 Sep 2018

One Act Play Competition

Arthur Burke of Progress Theatre has changed the closing date for submissions to Nov 5th. He will attend our meeting on 13 November with critiques of the entries and will announce the first three places. Entries to be emailed to Arthur: arthurburke1@googlemail.com Rules remain as per the original email (TEN MINUTES MAXIMUM LENGTH etc).

5 Dec 2018

Arthur Redway Memorial Competition

The Results

1. Silent Night? A Different View David Baldock =2. Holes, Nick Telepneff =2. Silent Night - or is it, Sarah Cox The theme/title of the competition is ‘Silent Night’. Entries can be a short story or poem, any genre, maximum word count 1200. Send entries to Walter at webmaster@thamesvalleywriterscircle.org to arrive no later than 3 Jan 2019. You can also find this address on our website home page, near the top of the page. Please do not write your name on the actual entry. Everybody will then have until our first meeting back on 8th January 2019 to read through the entries - which will be uploaded on to our website Library page 2018 - and choose your favourites. Then email your votes for the top three in order of preference to Stuart on stuart@tilehurst.plus.com or intcoms@thamesvalleywriterscircle.org, and he will count up your votes. The top three stories will be read at the meeting on 8 Jan.
Feb 2019: Chris Mundy Memorial Poetry Competition 2019 Result: 1. Majesty Barbara O Smith =2. Some Higher Cloud Les Willliams =2. Plastic Tears Chloe Stoakes
Barbara with the trophy

7 May 2019: Iain Pattison Judged Short Story

Competition Announced

Length: Maximum of 1500 words. Theme: A modern take on a nursery rhyme or fable. Closing date: Hard copy to Sally no later than the meeting on 4 June 2019. Entry: On A4 paper, double spaced, 12pt font. Do not include your name on the story sheet(s). Instead, include a cover sheet with your identifying details (mouse- over/tap here to see a sample). Results: The results will be announced on 9 July, followed by readings of the entries and (optionally) the critiques. The readings may overflow to the following week’s meeting.
Iain Pattison Iain is a full-time author, creative writing tutor and competition judge. His short stories have appeared in numerous women’s magazines, UK and US anthologies and been broadcast on BBC Radio 4. We are very grateful to Iain for his continued support of our efforts to improve our writing.
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