Still time to enter Rennie Grove writing contest


Budding writers have just over a week left to enter the Rennie Grove Rhyme and Reason competition.

The contest culminates in an anthology which is sold to raise funds for 
the hospice care charity every year. Stories up to 400 words, or poems of up to 20 lines, can be submitted before Sunday, June 1.

Poet Claire Trévien, author of Low-Tide Lottery (Salt, 2011) and The Shipwrecked House (Penned in the Margins, 2013), will judge this year’s competition. Claire’s poems have appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers and anthologies.

Claire said: “Poetry is what many people only hear at weddings and funerals, but I believe poetry at its best to be part of the fabric of the everyday, helping us to reflect, helping us through difficult times, sometimes taking us away from ourselves altogether. Pair poetry with a cause such as Rennie Grove, which gives dignity and the comfort of home to final moments, feels particularly apt. I was therefore glad to agree to judge this competition.”

Only electronic submissions can be accepted and all work must be original and not previously published and should be emailed to

The email should include your name, address and contact telephone numbers. The completed entry form, together with a cheque for the entry fee, payable to ‘Rhyme & Reason’ should be posted to: Rhyme & Reason Writing Competition 2014, 21 North Park, Gerrards Cross, Bucks, SL9 8JS. Entries, which will be considered once the entry fee has been received, are welcomed from all ages. Under 18s should include their age.

Writers can also add in-memory dedications, no more than ten words, to the diary and should send these, along with the date to place the dedication, with their entry. These are free, but donations, if wished, should be sent to the Gerrards Cross address above.

Entry forms are available for download here

The entry fee is £5 per piece (£4 per piece for three or more entries). Junior entries are £1.

Cash prizes will be awarded for the best three short stories and best three poems:

First Prize: £110, second prize: £60 and third Prize: £30.

Junior prizes of book tokens will be awarded for entrants aged under 18:

First Prize: £30, second prize: £20 and third prize: £10.

Prize winners will be notified by the end of August 2014.