FlipSide Writing Competition Final

Shortlists announced for FlipSide Festival’s writing competition

FlipSide, East Anglia’s leading literary and arts festival, has been running a unique enviromentally-themed competition aimed at writers of all ages and entries have been received from all over the world.

The competition, which carries cash prizes, has been judged by leading authors Jackie Kay, the Scots Makar (poet laureate), Blake Morrison, writer and Professor of Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths College and Jon Canter, novelist and playwright.

Writers were asked to submit fiction, non-fiction or poetry with a green theme and to take just one letter of the alphabet as their starting point.

Liz Calder, co-founder of FlipSide says: 

“We have been delighted by the number and quality of the entries we received. The range of ideas about the environment and the imaginative approaches have made for interesting and rewarding reading.”

One of the judges, Jon Canter, announced the two shortlists at a celebratory event on Sunday, October 1st at The Cut in Halesworth.

Over-16s Shortlist (alphabetically):

Paul Batty, Q Gardens (prose)
Grace Blackwood, S for Survival (prose)
Keith Brunton, N is for Nursery Rhymes (poem)
John Hambley, One Letter (poem)
Diane Jackman, The Naming of Flowers (poem)
T.J. Marshall-Nichols, Queuing at Yoshinogawa (prose)
Sue Ryder-Richardson, A is for Amber (prose)
Carinya Sharples, V is for Value (prose)
Francisca Staines, Forty Minutes Each Way (prose)
Helen Storey, A New Leaf (poem)

Under 16s (alphabetically): 

Charri Jain, The Tree with Sepia Leaves (poem)
Iona Mandel, Ice Caps (poem)
Amelie Meek, The Tale of the Carrot Tree (prose)
Dhylan Patel, The X Animal Museum (poem)
Elsa Voak, Vulture (prose)

The winners and runners up will be announced by Jackie Kay at FlipSide, Snape Maltings at 10.30am on October 7th