Writing competition

Literally Shepton short story and playwright competition

Everyone has a story, be it funny, sad, scary, uplifting or more often than not all of these things. Stories are central to us humans and are passed down through the ages. Literally Shepton wants to hear your stories and help celebrate the talent that is out there, be it in Shepton Mallet itself or the wider world. We will be running four categories in our writing competition this year as follows:


Short Stories 

  1. For ages up to 8 years – maximum 500 word limit
  2. For ages 9 to 16 years – up to 1000 words (these 2 categories can be handwritten or typed)
  3. Over 16 years – (2,000 word limit)
There is no set theme but writers are encouraged to reference Shepton Mallet in their story. Entries will be short-listed and an awards ceremony on Sunday 11th July will announce the winners.

All winners will receive a trophy plus a £20 book token for categories (1&2) and £50 book token for category (3) Plus their entry will be included in a planned Shepton Stories anthology.

Playwright – a specific local award for the Bard of Shepton

4. A 10 minute 2 person play or monologue

A shortlisted number of plays will be performed on Sunday 11th July and the new Bard of Shepton will be crowned, decided by audience voting. The winner will receive the special Bard of Shepton coveted title for 1 year, a trophy and £30 book token. 

Closing date: 30 June 2021 (midnight) and submit to: literallyshepton2020@outlook.com

Rules of entry

  1. Entry is free
  2. There is no theme but if you can mention Shepton Mallet, somewhere in the story, surely bonus points will be given.
    Shepton Mallet has lots of interesting things about it, from a Snowdrop festival to the Prison which was built back in 1610. From the fabulous Collett Park, to the funky Lido, to the rich Roman history and close links to Glastonbury Festival, it’s the home of Babysham and numerous cider breweries.
  3. Entries should not have been previously published.
  4. One entry per author – include story/ play title plus a name and contact details on the front sheet only with word count and category of entry
  5. Include the story title and page number on each page of the entry
  6. Copyright remains with the author but prize winners must give permission to include the work on Literally Shepton website for a period of up to twelve months and for inclusion in the first Shepton Stories anthology.
  7. Emailed submissions only (if that’s an issue for you contact us)
  8. Results will be available on the Literally Shepton website after the festival. Winners will be notified individually.
  9. For the Bard of Shepton competition – monologues/or maximum 2 characters, minimal props considered.
  10. Closing date for all entries is 30 June 2021 (midnight) and should be emailed to literallyshepton2020@outlook.com with the subject of the email relating to the category of the competition you are entering.
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