Words for the Wounded is a charity that raises money via writing prizes and donations for the rehabilitation of our wounded servicemen and women. In this, our second year, we are supporting the Creative Arts Unit at Help for Heroes' Tedworth House Recovery Centre, a centre which helps wounded service personnel gain independence and confidence.
Enter the 2014 W4W Writing Prize and you not only help others but could win the £250 1st Prize, the £100 2nd Prize or the £50 3rd Prize. (Dates for the competition are shown below).
Writers' FORUM will once again be publishing the winning entries, which is wonderful news.
Just write no more than 400 words of fiction, or a real life tale, or a poem on the theme of ‘The Journey’ - which can be a physical or emotional journey. The Entry Fee is £4.50
We are grateful to Freddie Hodgson, author of Putney Ferret, for his donation towards the prize money, and to Kris Dore and Lee Read who completed the Eton Dorney Triathalon in support of Words for the Wounded.
2014 is the commemoration of the start of the 1st World War. Let's help to ease the suffering of our present day wounded.
“Emma and I feel so strongly that we must never forget the debt we all owe to these brave men and women. We are honoured to be involved in this wonderful charity” - Julian Fellowes, Patron
Opening date for entries: 11th November 2013.
Closing date for entries: 11th March 2014.
Winners will be announced on 6th June 2014
ANNOUNCING A NEW CREATIVE WRITING COMPETITION
Closes at midnight on 30 June 2014
WHILE THERE’S STILL TIME
WRITING ABOUT PUTTING THINGS RIGHT
Regrets? I’ve had a few...
Life is shockingly unpredictable and too often ends before we’ve told our nearest and dearest how much we love them, registered a will to avoid muddle when we’ve gone, visited a neglected relative or got back in touch with someone we treated badly.
The aim of the Dying Matters Coalition’s While There’s Still Time competition is to generate shared experience that will help people to set about putting things right, plan their future and get the best from the rest of life.
Anyone touched by regret or reconciliation - the outcome for example of a family rift, professional row, absence of a will or of someone’s failure to make their wishes known - is urged to submit their story.
The judges will be looking for original prose or poetry in which the author’s feelings and thoughts have been well crafted into a succinct piece of work that attracts the reader’s attention and retains their interest.
While There’s Still Time is expected to attract public attention and may lead to publication of a selective anthology.
This stimulating competition is open now and closes at midnight on 30 June 2014.
Winners will be announced in the autumn on the Dying Matters website www.dyingmatters.org .
1st prize £200, 2nd prize £100, 3rd prize £50, plus highly commended certificates *
No entry fee * Entries must be original and unpublished * Maximum 2,500 words of prose or 40 lines of poetry, in English * You may submit up to 3 entries * Entry by email or post * If unable to write yourself, a transcription will be accepted * Do not use real names in your story or poem * All entries considered for publication * Entries to be received by midnight on 30 June 2014.
While There’s Still Time follows on from the Coalition’s hugely successful Final Tweets and Final Chapters projects. Final Chapters attracted 1,400 entries, a selection of which is published by Jessica Kingsley – visit www.jkp.com/catalogue/book/9781849054904,
The Dying Matters Coalition was set up by the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC).
NCPC is a registered charity no. 1005671 and a company limited by guarantee no.2644430.