An award-winning author with an international fan-base has teamed up with Hull Central Library to launch this year’s creative writing competition. The Val Wood Creative Writing Competition 2020 is entitled “The Next Chapter”. It aims to spread some positivity during the coronavirus pandemic, with feel-good and optimistic stories invited to compete for a cash prize.
The author explains: “Lockdown has been an unusual time for us all but it has also given some the opportunity to develop hidden talents, practice crafts and unleash imagination.
“This competition is a great opportunity for budding writers over the age of 16 to put talent to the test and spread some much-needed positivity.
“Since launching 7 years ago, this annual competition has grown. What started as a small competition with the local library has attracted entries from across the globe.
“Last year we received over 650 entries and I feel that the optimistic theme will resonate with even more writers. However, this year, to encourage local talent we have added an additional Yorkshire Prize for people within the region whose stories feature Yorkshire’s vast coastline.
“There is still a great deal of uncertainty as to what the future will hold and because the winner usually receives their prize at a special ceremony, we are planning to take the event online in anticipation that restrictions on social gatherings continue.”
The competition was set up in 2013 by Val Wood, who became an author after winning the Catherine Cookson Prize for Romantic Fiction 27 years ago. Since then Val has had 25 books published by Transworld and hopes the competition will encourage entrants to pursue a career in writing.
The winner of the Yorkshire prize and the open competition will receive £100 each, courtesy of Estuary Words and their entry will be published on the Valerie Wood website.
The Val Wood Prize 2020 “The Next Chapter” is open for entries now, with the closing date 31 August. Full conditions of entry are available from valeriewood.co.uk
[Leigh Clark – Divine Clark PR]