Friends of Jesmond Library: Creative Writing Competition

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Wednesday 19th October 2016

Today’s Guest Post about the Jesmond Library Creative Writing Competition is from the lovely Victoria Watson of ElementaryVWatson:

Missuswolf - Poetry

In 2013, Newcastle City Council announced it would be closing several libraries in a bid to reduce costs.

One of the libraries to face closure

was Jesmond Library.

However, a group of residents decided to open the library on a volunteer basis.

Friends of Jesmond Library is now a limited company and registered charity. The library runs solely thanks to the efforts of the volunteers and the generous donations received from the public.

Missuswolf - Creative Writing Friends of Jesmond Library

As a lover of words and books, I wanted to do my bit to help Jesmond Library remain open so I volunteered my time and knowledge to help set up and run their Creative Writing competition. In July 2015, I launched the first competition along with members of my writing groups who took the time to perform their original works at the launch and Dan Smith.

Missuswolf Friends of Jesmond Library 2015 launch of Creative Writing comp - line-up of people

2015 Launch of Friends of Jesmond Library Creative Writing Competition

The entries were received were varied and plentiful and they certainly gave Dan and I food for thought. Dan very kindly gave up time to not only co-judge the competition but to also present awards to the lucky winners. Prizes were donated by local businesses including Caffe Z, FPP, Seven Stories and Mo Hair. The awards evening was fantastic as we got to meet the brains behind the imaginative stories we’d read. The younger writers, aged under ten, were particularly impressive.

This year, the theme of the competition is ‘Jesmond’

so your entry could be a short story in any genre.

This year also sees the inclusion of poetry so if you’d like to submit a poem to the competition, please do!

It’s £3 to enter and proceeds go to the library which receives no council funding and relies solely on volunteers. Jennifer C. Wilson, author of ‘Kindred Spirits: Tower of London’ is co-judging the competition with me.

There are categories for children and adults with fantastic prizes including book vouchers. You don’t have to be a resident of Jesmond to enter, last year saw submissions from around the world and we’re keen for the same to happen this year.

The closing date is midday on 1st of November so there is plenty of time to submit something. Good luck!

Download your entry form here.

Thanks Vic!

And best of luck to those of you who are entering.

Love Missuswolf xxx