First time writing competition entrants welcomed!

Published on: Thursday, 04-December-2014

Residents, young and old, are encouraged to get creative and enter the Knowsley Writing Competition 2014.

There have been some great entries over the years from people who have never tried creative writing before, including last year’s competition winner.

This year entrants are asked to submit a poem or short story inspired by a photo.

The winner and runners-up in each category will receive a Watersones’ gift card and there’s a special prize for the most outstanding entry.

Cllr Eddie Connor, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Community and Culture, said:

“We’ve had some great entries over the years from people who have tried creative writing for the first time. Don’t be put off if you’ve never written anything like this before, last year’s competition winner wasn’t! I’d encourage anyone thinking about entering this year’s competition to go for it.”

Entries from children aged 5-12, should be between 50 and 500 words. Young people aged 13 to 18, should write be between 300 – 1,000 words and over 18s
should submit a piece between 500 – 1,000 words.

First prize winners will receive an engraved shield to keep and have their names engraved on the Knowsley Writing Competition Shield which is displayed in Kirkby Library.  There will also be an additional Knowsley Library Staff Award of £50 Waterstones’ Gift Card for an outstanding entry.

The competition is open to anyone who lives, works or studies in Knowsley, or is a member of a library in the borough.

Entries can be emailed to: or handed in to any library in Knowsley.

The closing date is Monday 31 January 2015 and the winner will be announced on World Book Day on March 5, 2015.