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'Hull's answer to

Catherine Cookson.'

Kirsty Lang,

BBC Radio 4's Front Row

Award winning author of

romantic historical

novels set in and around

Hull | City of Culture 2017

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The Val Wood Prize for Creative Writing 2018: Women’s Writes.


Entries are now being accepted for The Val Wood Prize for Creative Writing 2018.


To celebrate 100 years since women won the right to vote, we have decided to focus on strong and formidable women in this year’s competition, hence the title, Women’s Writes. The competition, as always is open to all genders. 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 a strong female protagonist.


The winner of the competition will receive £100 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 Estuary Words Limited and The James Reckitt Library Trust.


Conditions of Entry


All entries must be typed or neatly handwritten and with a maximum word-count of 1500.  


Entries should be submitted on or before 15th September 2018.


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: Women’s Writes.

Postal entries can be sent to: Val Wood Prize for Creative Writing 2018,

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 20 October 2018 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 20/10/18.

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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