Evesham Festival of Words Short Story Competition 2022! 

Whilst we still have competitions running for the remainder of 2021, we are excited to announce the launch on 1st November of our annual Short Story Competition 2022, open to anyone over the age of 16. With prizes of £200, £100 and £75 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places, plus an early bird incentive for submissions received before 31st January, we eagerly await your entries! For information and competition rules click here: EveshamFoW Short Story Competition 2022

More competitions lined up for 2021! 

We are pleased to announce that our brain teasing Evesham Festival of Words Christmas Quiz    is now open for entries! Entry is free, with a £10 book token prize for the winner! Click on the link for the quiz and competition rules. Happy quizzing! 

With a theme of ‘Bookworms’, we are delighted to announce the winners of our inaugural: ‘Evesham Festival of Words Photo Competition’.  

The winning entry was from Jayne Adams with Abbie. In second place was Marlane Newbury with Super-Snake and in third place was Gill Chilton with So many books, So little time.

Congratulations to our worthy winners!

The very first Evesham Festival of Words 30 Word Mini Saga Competition – for anyone over the age of 16, opened on 1st September.  This is now closed and we are delighted to announce the results. First place went to Sherri Turner, with her entry Play to the Whistle.  Second was John Drake, with Pilgrimage . In third place was Fran Hill with New Term .

Many congratulations to you all!

Our second Evesham Festival of Words Limerick Competition is now closed.  We had 42 entries.  Congratulations to the winners:  1st place Kevan Myers, 2nd place Jan Halstead, and 3rd place Sarah Sansbury.  Ruth Goldstraw was Specially Commended.  Read the Winning limericks here.

Our annual Six Word Competition has now closed, after receiving an impressive number of 249 entries!  The worthy winner was Jenny Moore, with her entry ‘Apologetic magician seeks recently vanished assistant.’  Second place was won by Wendy Janes with He lost pounds. They weren’t his.’ Third was Julia Thorley with her entry, ‘Missing man. Suitcase on baggage carousel.’ Many congratulations to all three winners and thanks to all who entered.

Our new Mini Saga Competition has now closed to entries and judging is now complete.  We had a great response with 68 entries.  Congratulations to winner: Sandy Vaughan with her entry London’s Last Truffle;  2nd place: EL Appleby with The Dinner Date; 3rd place: Lynne Birch with The Forage.

Also shortlisted were:  Jeff Balcombe – Driving Miss, Daisy; Mary Fleming – Shipwrecked; Frances Gapper – Charity Begins; Elisabeth Kelly – Treasure Seekers; Sue Morgan – Her mother insisted on moving with no help from her and then…..; Electra Rhodes – Kindle – Or – Why an actual book…..; Brian Webster – Legs.

The 2021 Short Story Competition is now completed with a record number of entries – 142. 
Note that because of the coronavirus situation there will be no prize-giving event in 2021.
The winner, 2nd and 3rd are announced below.

Click on the links to read these winning stories.

2021 Winner, shortlist and longlist:

Winner, 2nd and 3rd – see below:



Richard Hooton         Regeneration (1st place)

Anita Goodfellow      Handprints  (2nd place)

Hazel Whitehead      Home from Home (3rd place)

Paul Barnett                  The Real Fake News

Christine Cherry          Sowing the Seeds

Frances Gapper            George and Alice

Glenise Lee                    More Tears in Georgia

Linda Lewis                   The Missing Sherlock Holmes

Hilary Orme                  The Yellow Man

Sherri Turner                The Postman’s Wife


Ali Bacon              Visiting the Sick

Michelle Christophorou   Lazarus Solutions

Peter Cotton          Lady Jane

Maureen Cullen    The Water of Life

Wendy Jones          Flowers for Miss Havisham


Judge’s Statement

Our two readers, Helen Yendall and Gillian Proops, had great fun and a great challenge deciding on a longlist of 15.  Our judge, Simon Whaley, enjoyed his task too.  Click on here to see what he had to say about his task as judge and about the top 3 stories.  (Judge’s Report)

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