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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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Entries are now being accepted for The Val Wood Prize for Creative Writing 2019.


The theme of this year’s competition is ‘Love Letters’ and we want you to pack them with romance, originality and creativity. The competition, is open to anyone over 16 years of age. Entries should be in the form of a love letter and entrants are free to write about whatever they wish as long as the theme of love and the form of a letter are adhered to. Each entry can contain more than one letter, provided that the maximum word count is 1500.


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 Informed Financial Planning 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 may contain more than one letter but max wordcount must be adhered to per submission.

 This year, the competition is eco-friendly and entries must be submitted by email


Entries should be submitted on or before 5pm on Saturday, 21 September 2019.


Your name, address, telephone number and email address must be included with your entry on a separate piece of paper. If submitting a PDF document, please ensure that your name is not on the document as entries are judged blindly.


Email entries can be sent to with the subject: Val Wood Prize: Love Letters. Please submit as Word, Pages. If submitting in PDF Format please ensure that the entrants name is not on the document as entries are judged anonymously.


Visit the library at: 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.


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 2 November 2019 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 2/11/19.

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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