Creative Writing Competition

Hello everyone!

The current lockdown has brought significant changes to everyone’s lives and there is no denying that it presents us all with challenges. We are all very aware of the sadness that so many people are experiencing because of the loss of loved ones and the bravery and dedication of key workers and their tireless efforts to keep us safe.

But the changes we are experiencing have brought some benefits: less pollution from traffic, communities working together to help their neighbours, and more time for us to pause and reflect.

Arlington Arts Centre is committed to engaging with our local community and encouraging creativity in all its forms.

We would like to invite you all to participate in our creative writing competition with the theme of ‘Positivity’. You can write poetry or prose, but your entry should not exceed 200 words.

You could write about the wonderful work of the NHS, the beauty of nature at this time of year, having time to take stock of your life, or any other positive benefits that have resulted from lockdown.

We want to remember everyone in our community and make them smile.

There will be three categories for entries: under 11s, 11-16s and over 16s. The best entry in each category will be printed, framed and displayed in our new Writers’ Corner at Arlington Arts Centre when we reopen.

We are delighted that local author Gill Hornby has agreed to judge the entries.

The closing date for entries is Friday 5th June 2020.

So, start thinking and writing now and send your entry, marked ‘AAC Creative Writing’, together with your name and age (if under 16) to

Gill Hornby

Gill Hornby is the author of 2020 bestseller ‘Miss Austen’. Her previous work includes the novels The Hive and All Together Now, as well as The Story of Jane Austen, a biography of Austen for young readers. She lives in Kintbury.