Competition for budding writers

Jacq Molloy, an experienced creative writing tutor who teaches for the Open University and Sussex Downs College, is to judge a writing competition held as part of the Eastbourne Writes Festival.

Brigitte Sumner, the driving force behind the Eastbourne Writes Festival, says the competition is offering writers a chance to become published authors - but they need to hurry as the closing date for entries is fast approaching.

Ms Sumner said, “The writing competition is open to everyone, with the theme ‘The Word is Out’, and the first six winners in each category and each age group will have their work published in a compilation of a paperback book and eBook for Kindle, courtesy of My Voice Publishing. This is a golden opportunity for all authors, both new and old, to overcome the difficulties associated with getting published because we will be fast-tracking them.”

The categories will be: poetry (up to 21 lines), short stories (up to 2,000 words), flash fiction (up to 250 words), for four age groups – under 12s, 12-18s, over 18s and over 65s – and illustrations (colour or black and white), with the winner featured on the cover of the book. The closing date for entries is currently June 6.

Entry is £3 per two entries for over 18s (only two entries per category per person) and for £2 can buy a copy of the book. Under 18s can enter free (only two entries per category per person) and for £2 can buy the book.

Cheques payable to ‘Eastbourne Writes’ can be sent with entries to Unit 1, 16 Maple Road, Eastbourne, BN23 6NY. Or email for an entry form to For further details go t: