Don’t miss this last minute opportunity to enter the Penfro writing competitions. We are extending the deadlines to give you every chance to send in your work.

The PENfro Book Festival is now in its eighth 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 – some professional editorial help, but you’re also taking steps to put your work out into the world. Whether it’s a poem, a play or the beginnings of a novel, entering a competition is great way to honour your work.

This year we have three writing competitions: our ever-popular poetry competition, a first chapter competition and a 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