Competition for writers is open for entries

The second annual Aurora Poetry and Short Fiction Open Competition has opened for entries.

The judges are the award-winning poet Penelope Shuttle and acclaimed novelist and short story writer Jacob Ross. Entries should be received by Friday March 31 2017 via

Last year’s inaugural competition was huge success, attracting nearly 600 entries from across the world, including New Zealand, the USA, and South Africa.

There were also plenty of entries from closer to home to create a fun but fierce competition, that showcased the strength and talent of the region’s writing.

Henderson Mullin, CEO, Writing East Midlands, said: “We saw a brilliant range of entries last year and the judges must have found it challenging to choose from such a strong selection.

“The highlight was hearing the winners and commended writers read their poems and short stories at the prize giving event at Bromley House Library. And we were thrilled that the regional prize for short stories was won by a past recipient of our mentoring scheme.”

As well as being in with a chance of winning the main cash prizes of £500, £100 and £50, writers from the region will be able to enter their work for Stonewood Press Regional Prize for the best piece of poetry or short fiction, a £70 cash prize plus the opportunity to attend a fully funded writing course of the winner’s choice at Writing School East Midlands.