A creative writing competition is launched this week as part of an ambitious program celebrating life around a river in the North East
The Discover Brightwater Creative-Writing project includes a short story competition with a top prize of £1,000 and the publication of an anthology.
The project is led by Groundwork North East and Cumbria on behalf of the Discover Brightwater Landscape Partnership and supported by The Echo of the North.
Discover Brightwater is a £3.3million landscape partnership based around the River Skerne, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and made possible by people who play the National Lottery.
The creative writing project is led by publishing company Paper + Ink, founded five years ago by Mitchell Albert and Tim Moore, who have extensive experience in commissioning, editing, producing and marketing short fiction films, as well as in the management of literary and creative programs. writing workshops.
Tim said: “We are delighted to be working with Discover Brightwater who have launched such an exciting project for the North East of England. Publishing, for us, has always been about making a difference, and this series of events, nurturing local creativity through short courses, a contest and an anthology will do just that.”
Mitchell added: “Discover Brightwater’s far-reaching initiative to restore, preserve and advance the natural and cultural life of the North East, centered on the River Skerne, is singular, and we are delighted to be involved in helping to bring the voice of this region to the fore.”
Poet and award-winning writer Harry Man, who lives in Teesside, will be one of the judges in the short story writing competition. Harry’s achievements include winning the Stephen Spender Prize and a Northern Writers Prize in 2021. He has written four books and his work was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Prize for New Work in Poetry in 2016, as well as on BBC Radio 4. He teaches creative writing at Oxford University, was artist-in-residence at the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art and frequently runs workshops.
He said: “I am so excited to be involved in such a creative initiative and it will be fascinating to see the work that results. There is no barrier to entry, it’s open to everyone. world, so my message is come and try and see where it leads.”
Laura Waugh, Community Project Manager for Groundwork North East and Cumbria, said: “By giving people the skills to write short stories, promoting the competition and finally publishing the Anthology book, we hope to connect locals and visitors alike. to our landscape, our heritage and our communities.”
The short story competition opens April 1, 2022 and closes June 30, 2022. Entries must be a maximum of 5,000 words and include a reference to the Skerne and the landscape around it. The shortlist will be revealed in September and the winner announced in October. In addition to the first prize of £1,000, four finalists will each receive £100.
The anthology, including the winning story and four finalists, will be published by the end of the year.
To find out how to enter the competition, go to www.paperand.ink/brightwater
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