Short Story Writing Competition

Closed - winners announced

Your Story - Writing from Life

Closing Date: 31 August 2008, 5pm

‘What I Did on My Holidays’ – the classic school essay title, and a good example of Writing from Life. Why, when we grow up, does our under­standing of creative writing default to fiction? There isn’t even a satisfactory category to define Writing from Life, so it needs a bit of definition. For the purposes of this exercise it means writing from a personal perspective. It includes travel writing and autobiography, but not biography, history or philosophy (though it’s quite acceptable to include elements). It can be inventive and creative and doesn’t even have to be written in the first person. It can draw on the conventions of fiction writing, playwriting or poetry. For inspiration, have a look at writers who’ve played with the conventions: Robert Byron, Bruce Chatwin, Marguerite Dumas, Richard Holmes. They are the masters, but don’t let that put you off. Just tell us your story in 2,500 words or fewer.

This competition is not open for entries at this point in time.


CAROLINE HODGSON is a writer and editor specialising in travel writing and Christianity in its broadest sense. She has an MA in Creative Writing, has worked in publishing and run creative writing groups. She lives in West Yorkshire.

And the winners are...

  1. 1st Place
    Plank Lane Working Men's Club Trip to Southport
    By Ken Simm ( Ken Simm )
  2. 2nd Place
    ...and this is me in Venice
    By Vivien Jones ( wordsmith )
  3. 3rd Place
    School and life starts here
    By Celia Dillow ( CeeDee )

1st Prize

£50 book voucher and a copy of What Am I Doing Here? by Bruce Chatwin .

2nd Prize

£25 book voucher

3rd Prize

£10 book voucher