The hunt for young poets and short story writers in Menston and Burley begins on Monday 18 April when our local writers’ club, which celebrated its first year of existence recently by adopting the name ‘Writing on the Wharfe‘, opens a competition to find talented young writers living in the two neighbouring villages. The aim is to announce ‘Menston & Burley Young Poet of the Year‘ and ‘Menston and Burley Young Short Story Writer of the Year‘ at the Menston Summer Fair on Saturday 2 July.
Youngsters between 6 and 17 years old have until a closing date of 4 June to submit a poem of up to 30 lines, or a short story of up to 1,500 words (there are no minimum lengths). Names of the writers will be removed before submission to a panel of judges who will award first, second and third places in four age categories in each of two classes of writing – poetry and short stories. The four age categories are 6-8 years, 9-11 years, 12 – 15 years, 16-17 years. A ‘Young Writer of the Year’ will be chosen in each class – poetry and short stories – from the first places in each of the four age categories.
The names of the two young writers of the year will be announced at the Menston Summer Fair, when certificates for first, second and third places in each age category will be presented. Awarded entries in each of the eight categories will be displayed at the Fair and the two ‘Young Writers of the Year’ will be given the opportunity to read their submissions to visitors to the fair; if they do not wish to do so they will be read by a member of the writers’ club.
All the awarded submissions will be published on this website.
Details of the competition will be displayed on village notice boards and made available to schools attended by pupils living in Menston and Burley. Entry forms are available for downloading on this website – click the Writing on the Wharfe logo in the right column to go the the club page, then click the link to download the entry form. Printed entry forms will be available at libraries in the two villages, where entries typed on paper can be left. However, submission by email is preferred, the email address to which they should be sent being firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Writing on the Wharfe club members meet fortnightly on Saturdays, usually at the Menstone Club in Menston (1pm) but occasionally at other venues (see under the ‘Events‘ menu), especially when the weather is good. Members at the moment include purely amateur writers from poets to singer songwriters but also professionals including working and retired journalists and a radio producer. Ages range from mid 20s to over 80.
New members are welcome; there are no membership fees. For more information contact founder of the club, Ruxandra Busoiu, email email@example.com.