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Saveas Writers’ International Writing Competition 2019

Article by Writing IE Admin © 2 August 2019 writing.ie .
Posted in the Magazine ( · Writing Competitions ).

Competition deadline: 31st August 2019

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, Saveas Writers invite poems and stories on any aspects of humanity’s relationship with the cosmos – the moon, stars and planets, astronomy or astrology, space exploration, UFOs

See whether your imagination takes you deep into the universe or stays closer to home with a child looking at the stars.


1st place: The Canterbury Christ Church University Poetry Prize of £200

2nd place: £100

3rd place: £50

60 lines max.

Judged by Gillian Laker


1st place: The SaveAs Writers’ International Prose Prize sponsored by Hot Monkey Publishing of £200

2nd place: £100

3rd place: £50

3500 words max.

Judged by T. J. Armstrong

Entry fees

£3 per poem £8 for three
£4 per short story £10 for three

Terms and Conditions

National and International entries are welcome. The theme for this year is All Things Moon. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, we invite poems and stories on any aspects of humanity’s relationship with the cosmos whatever you interpret that as.

The closing date for the competition is midnight, Saturday 31st August 2019. Entries may be emailed to saveas@hotmail.co.uk or posted to: Luigi Marchini, c/o Save As Writers, 35 Spillett Close, Faversham, Kent, ME 13 8QP.

No entry form is required but the correct payment must accompany each entry: Entry fee for each poem is £3 or £8 for three. Entry fee for each story is £4 or £10 for 3. Payment may be made online through PayPal to SaveAs Writers and sent to the email address above (please add a 50p administration charge to each online entry), or by post with a cheque made out to ‘SaveAs Writers’. Non-payment of the administration charge will invalidate the entry.

Poems must not exceed 60 lines in length. Prose must not exceed 3500 words. Entries are judged anonymously, and the authors name and address should not appear on the poem or short story itself.

Handwritten entries cannot be accepted. Although electronic entries are preferred, paper entries should be typed on one side of A4 paper. Please do not staple entries. A separate sheet of paper should have the title/s of the entry, your name, address and contact email or telephone.

Emailed entries should be attached as a Word doc or PDF, and the Paypal ID code inserted into the email heading as proof of payment. Your name, address, contact email or telephone, and title/s of submission/s should be stated in the body of the email.

Entries must be an original, unpublished work (including on any website, public blog, online forum or broadcast medium) and not accepted for publication at the time of entry. Please note all entries will be checked. Ownership remains with the author always. SaveAs Writers will not assume any share in copyright.

Entries should be written principally in English; incidental foreign words/phrases and the use of regional variants are permitted. No alterations may be made to a poem or short story once it has been submitted.

Poems will be judged by Gillian Laker. Short stories will be judged by T.J Armstrong. The judges’ decision is final.

Winners will be announced at the Awards Evening on Saturday, 2nd  November 2018, as part of the Canterbury Festival.

The Canterbury Christchurch Poetry Prize of £200 is awarded to the poetry winner with the additional prizes of £100 for second place and £50 for third. The SaveAs Writers Prose Prize (sponsored by Hot Monkey Publishing) of £200 will be awarded for the winning story with the additional prizes of £100 for second and £50 for third.

Winning entries and a selection of commended pieces may be included in the SaveAs Writers Anthology. Entering the competition gives SaveAs Writers permission to publish your entry in an anthology.

Further information available here.