Writers In Oxford: Young Oxfordshire Writers' Competition

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Writers In Oxford: Young Oxfordshire Writers' Competition

25-year Celebration – Writing Competition – Win a £350 prize

It is 25 years ago that Philip Pullman – then a humble lecturer – and a few other aspiring authors set up Writers in Oxford, following an inaugural meeting in Worcester College. Essentially, local members of the national Society of Authors got tired to going to events in London, so set up a something similar for themselves here. Similar, but different. For while SoA campaigns and provides advice to authors, WiO was to be a place for published authors to meet and relax with liked-minded company. And not to have to go to London to do it. "If you are working all day on your own," says the chair, Robert Bullard, "WiO gives you an ideal network for chilling out with people who share your interests." "It's a great for those looking for a social or support group – or a writer who is new to Oxford," he adds. The group has 200+ members, each of whom pays £25 p.a. It runs a mixed programme of events that includes: Social evenings and parties; Talks by established authors; Outings and walks in/around the city; plus a Member's website/directory and Newsletter.

More details are on the organization's website: writersinoxford.org

Cash-prize competition

To celebrate their anniversary this summer WiO is running a competition for young Oxfordshire writers aged 18–30. Details of the writing competition are as follows:

• Submissions: 500 words

• Genre: Either poetry, fiction or non-fiction

• Subject: Any piece of writing ‘Inspired by Oxford.’ (Previously published work is accepted.)

• Prizes: two prizes of £350 and three of £100 (making a total of £1000).

• Judging panel: A mixed group of WiO members, chaired by Philip Pullman.

• Deadline for entries: 31 August 2017.

• Winners to be announced at WiO's 25th Anniversary party in November 2017, and published on the organization's website: writersinoxford.org

Supporting younger writers

The competition is partly a celebration of WiO being 25 years old, but also a chance for the group to raise their profile with younger writers, and encourage and support young people with their writing. "It is not easy to get into writing as a career," says Bullard, a former journalist, and now a copywriter and trainer in writing skills. "But WiO members have a wealth of experience of the various avenues that are possible – and they are keen to lend a hand of support to any young writer." What are the judges look for? "Writing which the judges find the most memorable in terms of its structure, resonance, and power of language. Quite simply, we want impact, whether you are stirring, lyrical, polemical; whether you lure us into a gripping tale or stop us in our tracks with the passionate cogency of your argument."

Full details of the competition are on the organisation's website: writersinoxford.org

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