Now’s your chance to enter the PENfro Book Festival 2019 writing competitions!

The PENfro Book Festival is now in its ninth year and the popularity of our writing competitions continues to grow. Entering competitions, daring to dip your toe into the water and compete with others, encourages writers to hone and develop their work. The benefits are obvious. Not only might you win a nice cash prize, or – better still – be professionally published, but you’re also taking steps to put your work out into the world. Whether it’s a poem, a play or a short story, entering a competition is great way to honour your work.

This year we have three writing competitions: our ever-popular poetry competition, a short  story competition and our renowned short radio drama competition. 

Use the links above to read more about each competition, access the rules, and enter online.


Why Compete?

• enhance your technical skills
• pit yourself against others
• break through the barrier of self doubt
• see your work in print or hear it being performed