Segora International Writing Competitions
2007 - 2017
Two presentation events, one in France and one in UK, to celebrate 10 years of Segora
Venues and dates to be announced
First prize for the Vignette competition increased to £100

Introducing our judges for 2017

Poetry: A. C. Clarke Short Stories: Emma Curtis Vignette: Ben Lawrence One act play: Gordon Simms
Poetry competition Short story competition Vignette competition One Act Play competition

A C Clarke is a poet living in Glasgow and a member of Scottish PEN. She has had seven books and pamphlets of poems published to date. She is interested in outsiders and obscure historical figures and was once described by W N Herbert as having 'an unhealthy interest in skulls and shopping' (intended as a compliment!). Her fourth full collection, In The Margin (Cinnamon Press), came out last year and a pamphlet in Gaelic, Scots and English, Owersettin, in collaboration with Sheila Templeton and Maggie Rabatski, was published by Tapsalteerie this July. Her collection centred on the medieval visionary Margery Kempe, working title 'A Troubling Woman', is due out from Oversteps Books next May. You can read more about her and  samples of her work at


Emma Curtis is a founder member of The Prime Writers, a group of authors celebrating late-onset publication, having signed her first contract at the age of forty-seven. She also writes short stories and has come first in the Segora competition twice, as well as being shortlisted twice for Fish Publishing. Her novel, One Little Mistake will be published as an ebook on February 23rd. Paperback June 29th. She lives in London and is fascinated by the darker side of domestic life.
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Born in Slough in 1969, Ben now lives in London.  When nine he contracted Stevens Johnsons Syndrome, which affected his eyesight.  He went to a boarding-school for the blind, after which he studied at Leicester and Warwick universities, attaining an MA in English Literature.  He worked for a psychotherapy regulatory body in the 1990s.
Since then, Ben has resumed writing and performing stand-up comedy. He writes songs under the name of Benjamin Lo-Fi. In 2016 he won the Best EP category in the Akademia Music Awards with his collection of songs Delete History. He’s written numerous articles for Black Poppy magazine which deals with drug- and alcohol-related issues. His ebook ‘How To Become A Crack Addict’ is available on Amazon.
He won the Segora short story competition in 2014, with On Going Blind, and was commended in the 2015 and 2016 vignette competitions. He also writes geeky interactive fiction in the form of ‘text adventures’ and is currently writing a novella within the fantasy genre.

Gordon Simms has been a Head of English, Head of Performing Arts and a Drama Advisor. He has written several full-length and one-act plays, most recently two ten-minute plays for TheatriVasles. He is currently completing a set of short stories based on his rural upbringing in the 1940s. He has won many awards for his poetry: his full collection Uphill to the Sea won the Biscuit prize in 2011. The following year he and his wife Jocelyn founded the St. Clémentin Bilingual Litfest in SW France.


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2016 Winning entries

Poetry - Winner Short Stories - Winner Vignettes - Winners One act plays - Winner
1st Ruth Hanchett, Enfield, UK Endgame
2nd Carolyn King, Isle of Wight, UK
Fall and Rise

3rd Jane Lovell, Rugby, UK
1st Emma Curtis, Richmond, UK
The Cetacean Mammal

2nd Anne Woodford, Maine & Loire, France
Flight Path

3rd Harriet Springbett, Cognac, France
Quark Soup

1st Elizabeth Ottosson, Leeds, UK

1st Thérèse Bésnard, Indre et Loire, France
Cher Coulazou
1st Seth Freeman, California, U.S.A.
Highly commended Poetry Highly commended Poetry Highly commended Vignettes Highly commended Plays
Mandy Pannett, Pulborough, UK
Oules do Scrike

Brian Clark, Husthwaite, UK
The Pals

Sue Kindon, Seix, Ariege, France
Changeling & The Wise Old Man Next Door

Jane Lovell, Rugby, UK
Helen Keller meets Charlie Chaplin

David Jones, Matlock, UK
Staying Up Late

Joe Hackett, Honiton, UK
They come, unasked

Peter Branson, Alsager, UK
Rock and a Hard Place

Simon Jackson, Edale, UK
Foetal Position

A C Clarke, Glasgow, UK
Ben Venue

Clive Birnie, Bristol, UK

Highly commended Short stories

Jill Morrison, Alicante, Spain
Caviar for Breakfast

Juliet Hill, Madrid, Spain
The Psychiatrist and the Cleaner

Ben Lawrence, London,

Anne Woodford, Maine & Loire, France, Cascade

Geneviève Baraona, Paris, France
Eau Profonde & La Douche

Francis Carpentier, Angers, France
Coup de tabac sous les tropiques

Sylvie Hervé, La Vendée, France
Comment Dire
Charles Evans London, UK
The Tribute

Stephanie Weston, Bristol, UK
Getting to Yes

Amanda Staples, Bristol, UK
Weston on a Sunday

Don Watson, Bath, UK,
Manger a Trois

Charles Evans, London UK
Knowing Kate

Thank you to all the Segora 2016 entrants for making it our largest entry, with 19 countries represented.
Details of the Segora presentation evening 2016 will be announced shortly


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We welcome entries from all over the world. Last year 19 countries were represented let's see if we can beat that this year