Our latest competition

The Theme of the Competition is Human Weaknesses. Take one or more of the seven deadly sins: gluttony, sloth, lust, wrath, pride, envy and greed then weave a story to intrigue us all. It can be of any genre - romance, crime, zombie etc. But make the sin the centre of the story. Casual reference to it along the way will not be appreciated. You could take more than one sin, attach them to different characters and look at the consequences. Prizes will of course be awarded for excellent writing as well as relevance to the theme.

Happy New 2016

The President's Competition 2016

This year’s competition theme is ‘Possession’.

That’s it! Interpret ‘Possession’ in any way you want – territorial, demonic, ‘bunny boiling’, etc etc. Your entry can be serious, humorous, true or fiction, fear or desire. Or whatever.         

Entries (2 copies, please) must be no longer than 1500 words but can be shorter & the fee is £2.50.

The closing date for the competition is:  3rd February 2016 and entry is restricted to members of the Verulam Writers Circle. For full rules see the Members' Area.

Adjudication by John Spencer and Barbara Cooper (Last year’s winner)  will take place on 2nd March 2016 at St Michael’s Church Hall.


David Gibson Competition

The David Gibson Cup Competition 2014

Food Glorious Food! The theme of the 2014 competition is food. Your characters can cook it, eat it, be denied it – anything. But it must be an important part of your story.

Your work should be fiction and no more than 1,000 words. Please include a word-count (no, the word-count itself does not count as being part of the word-count...).

Remember that your entries will be put up on the wall and judged by those present on the evening of adjudication so please use a good-sized font and number the pages. You don't want to be the writer whose entry is too small to read and in the wrong page-order!

Of course, the Gnome de Plume will also be awarded/bestowed/forced upon the writer with the best pseudonym.

There is no entry fee. Please bring your entry to the VWC meeting on Wednesday 29th October

Good luck to you all!


If you haven't already found this, then take a look at the BBC Writers Room opportunities page.

You'll be a little late for the ones currently posted, but it's well worth bookmarking the page and dipping in once a week, just to see what's available. If writing for TV is something you've considered, this is definitely a website you need to be keeping an eye on.

There's lots of information on how to write a script, submit a script or just be inspired by interviews from the public's favourite television scriptwriters.

Personally, the The Script Library is my favourite page and I'll admit, reading through Sally Wainright's superb Happy Valley script makes me green with envy. I love the realism of her fierce and broken females and the rhythm of honest, punchy dialogue.  It's inspirational.

Don't take my word for it, take a look yourselves. You won't be disappointed! 

And if anyone else is as infatuated with Sally Wainwright's excellent writing as I am, follow this link to the Writers Room Blog where you will find an interview with her.


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