This Year’s Winter Young Writer Competition is NOW OPEN!


FREE ENTRY to The Rotary Young Writer Competition 2016 supported by LitFest. The necessary entry and consent form for the competition can be found at the base of this post and can be copied and pasted into the submission email.

We’re looking for stories of around 300 words to be submitted by 30 November 2016.

Theme: ‘Reflection

Competition open to Young Writers between 7-17 years of age.

Competition Rules

1. Closing date is 30 November 2016.

2. Word limit: 300 words.

3. One entry only per young writer.

4. Submitted pieces must not have been published elsewhere and must be the entrant’s original work. Translations of anyone else’s work are not eligible. Copyright remains with the writer.

5. Entries may be published on Rotary and LitFest websites and social media, and read at Rotary and LitFest events.

6. Entries must be in English. 7. Submit entries by email to

8. The subject line of the e-mail must state: Young Writer Competition.

9. A circa 50 word profile of the young writer should be written in the body of the email.

10. Entries should be attached as a Word document. Give your name and contact details in the body of the email, as well as the title and word count of your submission. The entry and consent form below must be completed and digitally signed by you and your parent / guardian and be emailed with your entry. NB Schools who already have permission from parents / guardians need complete only one form on behalf of the school.

11. Entries should be single spaced, in a legible 12pt font such as Times New Roman or Arial.

12. The winner and runner-up will be notified via email.

13. The theme is ‘Reflection’ and all styles and genres are welcome.

14. No correspondence will be entered into regarding the outcome of this competition.

Entry into the competition signifies agreement to these rules.

Age Groups

JUNIOR: Aged 7 – 10 years

INTERMEDIATE: Aged 11 – 13 years

SENIOR: Aged 14 – 17 years on 31 August 2016

All entries will be judged by a panel of judges.

Judges have been selected for experience in literature, journalism or related experience and will include judges from LitFest and Rotary International.

Information will be updated on this page.

Competition closes 30 November 2016

1. First prize £20 book vouchers

2. Runner up prize £10 book vouchers

3. Third prize £10 book vouchers

All entries are likely to be published in Rotary magazines.

Our encouragement to all Young Writers! Good luck!

It is essential that the entry and consent form below be completed for applications to be accepted.

Entry and Consent Form

Disclaimers and parental consent should be written and digitally signed in the body of your email in the following manner:

I, ………………………………………………………………of

…………………………………………school/college,declare that this writing is entirely

my own work.

My age on 31 August 2016 is ……



I give permission for this writing to be reproduced in any format and for the author’s likeness

to be used for promotional purposes within Rotary International in Britain and Ireland and

Worcestershire LitFest & Fringe. I also agree to be contacted by the Public Relations Officers

of these organisations for public relations purposes.

Parent/Guardian’s signature:


Phone number:


The act of electronic submission of this form by e-mail (copy and paste into the email) with typed signatures is deemed to be confirmation of the above and a declaration of acceptance of the rules by the signatories.

Winners of the LitFest, Rotary, and Titania Young Writer Competition Have Been Announced!


We are pleased to announce that the prize winners of the 2016 LitFest, Rotary and Titania Young Writer Competition are as follows:

7-10 years old

Martha Davey – winner (for the second year running)

Olivia Sproule – runner up

Edie Callanan – third

11-13 years old

Abby Trow – winner

Erika Jones – runner up

Vilmos Borodi – third


Lizzie Austen – winner

Charlie Johns – runner up

Sarah Adegbite – third

Congratulations to all the prize winners and commiserations to all other entrants.

The Anthology of the 2016 Young Writer Competition will be launched 4 December 2016 at Titania, Security House, Barbourne Road, Worcester WR1 1RU, and you are warmly invited to join us for what promises to be a wonderful event.

This year’s anthology is titled ‘Lucid’, after the prizewinning entry in the 14+ category, and will be on sale at the launch.

Idle Women of the Wartime Waterways comes to Grimley!

Idle Women of the Wartime Waterways – written and performed by Heather Wastie and Kate Saffin – is making an appearance in Grimley this week, and this is certainly an event for the diary.

The performance itself is made up of poetry, music, and theatre which aims to take audience members a step back in time. Travelling back to World War II, Idle Women – the nickname given to women who took on the challenge of manning narrowboats – will take us on a historical journey that will introduce an altogether new type of worker. These so-called Idle Women took on the task of managing two 72ft narrowboats and a staggering 55 tons of cargo…

Heather Wastie and Kate Saffin are here to ensure that the story of Idle Women does not go untold!

The event will be made up of Wastie’s Idle Women and Judies alongside Saffin’s Isobel’s War, and can be found in the garden of the Camp House Inn, in Grimley (WR2 6LX), on Wednesday September 7th, starting at 7:30pm.

Further information can be found here:



Introducing: Poetry on Demand!

LitFest POD poster

Worcester LitFest and Fringe are delighted to introduce a new event in Worcester! This Saturday – August 27th – we will be bringing Poetry on Demand to Worcester City Centre, and we’re hoping to see as many of you there as possible.

From 11am to 3pm local poets, and members of the LitFest and Fringe committee, will be on-hand at the Bookbenches in Chapel Walk, CrownGate, to pen poetry on tap – no pressure! The idea is that you – yes, you, anyone reading – can come along and have a sit down natter with one of our poets and after you’ve had a little catch up with them, they will then write a poem about you – or about a topic of your choosing, if you’d prefer (as long as you promise to not be too mean to them).

There will be face-painting happening nearby as well, so this is a brilliant bit of a fun for your Saturday, especially if you have little ones along for a day out.

So this weekend, come and see us, have a natter, and leave with a lovingly-crafted poem that’s yours to keep!

For further information please contact:

The Lacuna Launch Is Finally Here!

If you are based in or around the Worcestershire area then it can’t have escaped your attention that Worcester-based poet Kieran Davis is about to launch his debut poetry collection, Lacuna. Kieran is an active member of the performance poetry/spoken word scene around the county and he has, this year in particular, worked tirelessly to help out with Worcester LitFest and Fringe, leading to his new status as a fully fledged committee member.

Tomorrow – August 14th – Kieran’s work will finally pay off with the official launch of Lacuna, taking places at Drummonds in Worcester City Centre. Full details can be found on the flyer below and it really would be wonderful to see a healthy turn out for one of Worcester’s most prolific poets of the moment.

Kieran, we wish you all the best!


New Secretary

We are delighted to announce that Charley Barnes has taken on the role of Secretary for LitFest. Charley brings her many and various talents to bear on programming, and the website, as well as the more traditional aspects of secretarial duties.

Polly Stretton, who has been our secretary for the past four years, will focus on the LitFest competition co-ordinator role in addition to being one of the directors of LitFest.

We wish both Charley and Polly good luck in these essential areas.

LitFest Slam Champions

We’re pleased to announce the two new Slam Champions, Charley Barnes, Poetry Slam Champ, and Alan Durham, Flash Fiction Champ. Well done and congratulations to both and thank you to all who took part, we had an excellent end of fest party. Good news also for all of the Big Fat Raffle winners, a huge selection of prizes donated by businesses around Worcester – many thanks to them for their support of LitFest.

Charley Barnes with her Poetry Slam trophy and Alan Durham delivering his final Flash Fiction. Our two slam winners for 2016.