2018 Writing Competition

Now in its third year, we are delighted to announce the 2018 Tarbert Book Festival Writing Competition. This year we are delighted to be able to offer two prizes. The Open category prize is generously sponsored by Chasing Time. The Novice category prize is generously sponsored by WriteRight Editing Services.

The competitions are for a short story/researched article/reminiscence piece of up to 500 words maximum on a subject of your choice.

Shortlisted candidates will be notified by Sunday 26th August 2018.
The winner will be announced at the Prize Giving Ceremony on Friday evening at the Tarbert Book Festival during the weekend of 26th – 28th October 2018.


Terms and Conditions
Entry to the Open Competition is open to anyone aged 18 or over.
Entries must be your own work and previously unpublished and not under option by any other competition at the time of sending or during the judging period.
Entries must not exceed 500 words.
Entries must have a unique title.
Each entry must be accompanied by a fee of £5. Payment to be made via the Ticketsource website – please ensure you enter the correct category*.
The unique title and reference number of your payment must be on every page of your entry. Note: this e-ticket is just your entry to the online writing competition, not the actual prize giving.
Entries should be emailed to
tbfcompetition@tarbertbookfestival.org quoting the reference number.
Candidates may submit up to three entries per person; each entry requires a separate registration number.
Entries should be typed in a simple font (no graphics please).
Entries will be judged anonymously so please do not put any identification on your entry other than your unique title and Ticketsource reference number.
Closing date is midnight on Sunday 22nd July 2018.
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*Additional requirements for the Novice Category.
Entry to the Novice Competition is open to anyone aged 16 or over.
The Novice category is open to those who have not yet been published in any form, including online (except for personal blogs or websites), who have no professional/academic qualification in writing and are not currently undertaking any such course.
The Open prize is a weekend course at Chasing Time Retreats in Angus, to be taken during 2019. The winner will be able to choose from a number of retreat options, which run at various times throughout the year, covering a wide range of writing-related topics. *(Please note that these are all subject to a minimum number of attendees being reached for the weekends in question).
The Novice prize is a 6 week online tutored course entitled Writing Short Fiction from WriteRight, facilitated by judge Anne Hamilton.
Shortlisted candidates will receive vouchers for 3 events at the Book Festival and it is hoped that they will be available to attend the prize-giving ceremony in the Gallery on Friday evening. (Travel and accommodation expenses are not included.)
There is no cash alternative prize.
Shortlists will be prepared by Anne Hamilton and the winner will be judged by Anne and members of the Chasing Time team. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
The winner(s) agree to their details and their winning entries being used in promotion of the Tarbert Book Festival and associated press.