Elmbridge Literary Competition – Poems & Stories on Theme of Music – Entries Invited

Elmbridge Literary Competition - Writing Poems and stories
Elmbridge Literary Competition - Writing stories and poems

16th Elmbridge Literary Competition celebrates Royal Albert Hall’s 150th Anniversary

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Music Is The Theme For The 2021 Competition

The Royal Albert Hall, a venue that has seen every style of music performed beneath its iconic done, will turn 150 years in 2021. To celebrate the occasion, the 16th Elmbridge Literary Competition has chosen ‘Music’ as its theme.

Music plays a big part in our lives. “What music do you like?” is the question asked on every first date or “That’s not music, that’s just noise!” Every parent’s review of their children’s favourite band. Oscar Wilde said, “Music is the art which is most nigh to tears and memory.” Indeed, literature and music have always gone hand in hand. Poets and authors, from Shelley to Shakespeare and Keats to Austen have woven it as themes through their works.

Classical Music - Art by Woking Surrey Artist Sera Knight

Credit: Thanks to Woking Surrey Artist Sera Knight for the use of paintings from her Music Art Gallery

Piano Recital - Art by Woking Surrey Artist Sera Knight

We are looking for poems and short stories.

The Elmbridge Literary Competition is open to all ages.
Entry for adults is £5 with under 18s free. There are prizes for each age category. As the competition has attracted national and international interest in the past year, it now includes the ‘Elmbridge prize for the best story or poem in the adult category submitted by an Elmbridge resident’.

Elmbridge Borough Council
Sampson Low Publishers - Elmbridge Litererary Competition
RC Sherriff Trust - Elmbridge Arts

Publication Of The Winning Entries

The Competition runs in partnership between the R C Sherriff Trust and Elmbridge Borough Council and with publishers Sampson Low, who will publish the winning entries as a Chapbook. (Small and affordable forms of literature, Chapbooks historically were sold on the streets, and covered a range of subjects from fairy tales and ghost stories to news of politics, crime or disaster.)

Piano Recital - Art by Woking Surrey Artist Sera Knight

Credit: Thanks to Woking Surrey Artist Sera Knight for the use of paintings from her Music Art Gallery

Comments About The Elmbridge Literary Competition

Pete Allen, Director of the R C Sherriff Trust, said, “We are pleased to see the Elmbridge Literary Competition going from strength to strength and reaching a wider audience. Last year, we received entries from across the UK and overseas. We thought that this year’s theme was particularly fitting to mark the big anniversary of one of our most iconic landmarks. We hope the theme will ‘resonate’ with you and inspire you to write fabulous stories and poems”.

Janet Turner, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said, “Who would have known that the Elmbridge Literary Competition would capture such a wide audience! We are looking forward to receiving many entries from all age groups. We hope this year’s theme is music to your ears and will cheer you up a little in these difficult times”.

Closing Date & Further Information

The closing date for entries in Friday 5 February 2021. Full details, terms and conditions are available at rcsherrifftrust.org.uk or elmbridge.gov.uk/culture or by contacting 01932 229996 or emailing arts@rcsherrifftrust.org.uk or arts@elmbridge.gov.uk

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