International Writing Competitions
Our judges for 2018
The 2018 competitions are now closed.
entries for all categories will be long-listed on the site on July
22, and the list will be narrowed to a short list on July 29.
CLICK HERE for information on the Segora Prize Presentation Day and writere's workshop on September 8 2018
|Poetry: Mario Petrucci||Short Stories: Harriett Springbett||Vignette: John Sherwin||One act play: Gordon Simms|
|Award-winning poet, ecologist, PhD physicist and Royal Literary Fund Fellow Mario Petrucci has held major poetry residencies at the Imperial War Museum and BBC Radio 3. Heavy Water: a poem for Chernobyl (Enitharmon, 2004) secured the Daily Telegraph/ Arvon Prize and “inflicts... the finest sort of shock, not just to the senses, but to the conscience, to the soul” (Poetry London). His collection i tulips (Enitharmon, 2010) takes its name from his 1111-strong Anglo-American sequence, of which the waltz in my blood (Waterloo, 2011) and anima (Nine Arches, 2013) are also part. These “modernist marvels” (Poetry Book Society) exemplify Petrucci’s distinctive combination of innovation and humanity. www.mariopetrucci.com||
Harriet Springbett’s stories have been shortlisted in
the Bath Short Story Award, longlisted with Fish and published in
literary journals. She also won a place in the 2016 edition of the
Segora competition. Her debut novel, Tree Magic, was
published last year by Impress Books, and although she has talked at
literary events from the Olympia in London to the Charroux festival
in France, she much prefers playing with words at her desk. She
lives in Poitou-Charentes, blogs at
Harriet Springbett’s Playground and loves quirky stories with a
Once upon a time in the Punk era, John wrote for numerous fanzines. In Hong Kong, he co-founded the Joint Liaison Group of poets with American poet Louie Crew. Currently, as a trained sommelier, he writes a monthly article on wine for the Deux Sèvres Magazine. He has twice won the Segora vignette prize in 2014 and 2017. In a bid to break the 300-word barrier he is slaving away on his first novel about a champion wine taster with almost supernatural abilities.
has been a Head of English, Head of Performing Arts and a Drama
Advisor. He has written several full-length and one-act plays. His
ten-minute play Zero Contract was presented in August 2017 at the Charroux Literary Festival, where he led a workshop on writing
ten-minute plays. In November Zero Contract was part of TheatriVasle’s festival. He has recently completed a set of short
stories based on his upbringing in Bedfordshire in the 1940s. He has
won many awards for his poetry: his full collection Uphill to the
Sea won the Biscuit prize in 2011. With his wife Jocelyn he
organised three bilingual literary festivals in rural France. In
October the Simms again put on a highly successful Segora
presentation day at St.André-sur-Sèvre where they now live.
Segora Presentation Day Saturday 8th September
Le Jardin de Cloitre St Andre –sur-Sevre 79380 SW, France
10.15am Mario Petrucci Writers’ Workshop :
'THE 16 WAYS to write something NEW'
- All afternoon events are free of charge
the workshop and lunch. Places limited: please book early via
(euro cheque or PayPal)
For further information regarding travel, accommodation and places of interest in and around St Andre contact Jocelyn Simms firstname.lastname@example.org
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