The Val Wood Prize for Creative Writing 2017: Freedom in Hull.

Entries are now being accepted for The Val Wood Prize for Creative Writing 2017.

The competition is open to anyone over 16 years of age. Entries should be in the form of a short story and entrants are free to write about whatever they wish but each story must feature the theme: Freedom in Hull.

As it is City of Culture year, the prize is bigger than ever so the winner of the competition will receive £200 and their entry will be published on the website and shared via various social media outlets. The runner up will receive £50 and there will also be two commendations of £25. Cash prizes are kindly donated by Beverley Building Society and The James Reckitt Library Trust.

Conditions of Entry

All entries must be typed or neatly handwritten and with a maximum word-count of 2017.

Entries should be submitted on or before Saturday 19th August 2017.

Your name, address, telephone number and/or email address must be included with your entry on a separate piece of paper.

Email entries can be sent to with the subject
Val Wood Prize for Creative Writing.
Postal entries can be sent to: Val Wood Prize for Creative Writing 2017,
Hull Central Library, Albion Street, Hull, HU1 3TF

Entries from already commercially published writers will not be accepted.

Previous entrants/winners may enter the competition again using alternative entries.
Entries that have been submitted before will be disqualified from the competition.

Entries must be the original work of the competitor, in English, and must not have
been published, broadcast or have won a competition prize. No alterations can be
made to a story once it has been submitted.

If sending your entry by post, please check that you have used the correct postage.

Entries cannot be returned – so please keep a copy.

Entrants can win only one prize. The decision of the judge is final
and no correspondence will be entered into.

The winner of the competition and runners up will be announced at a
special ceremony at Hull Central Library on 14 October 2017 at 2pm.
The winner may be photographed and interviewed for publicity

Copyright remains with the author, but the organisers reserve the right to
publish the winning entries online or in print for one year after 14/10/17.
The organisers reserve right to alter details of the competition if necessary.

Entrants who do not abide by the above rules will not be considered.

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