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GGBT Creative Writing Awards 2014

To enter the Graham Greene Birthplace Trust’s Creative Writing Awards, writers are invited to submit written texts under one or more of eight categories, and a panel of judges will decide the best entries. Awards will be announced at the Graham Greene International Festival 2014. Winning texts may be displayed for the public to read at the Festival and on the Festival's website.

Awards are offered in the following categories:

  1. best prose fiction writer;
  2. best prose thriller writer;
  3. best prose travel writer;
  4. best screenplay writer;
  5. best playwright (for theatre);
  6. best writer of prose, screenplay or play under the age of twenty-one years on 1st April 2014;
  7. best Berkhamstedian writer of prose, screenplay or play (i.e. a writer who is a pupil at Berkhamsted School on 1st April 2014);
  8. best Old Berkhamstedian writer of prose, screenplay or play (i.e. a writer who is a former pupil at Berkhamsted School on 1st April 2014).

Prose writers must begin with the following words, and continue from there:
Three doors opened off a dark passage. From behind one of them there seeped the smell of...

Screenplay writers and playwrights must embed the following words somewhere in their dialogue:
Three doors opened off a dark passage. From behind one of them there seeped the smell of...

Click here to read the rules and practices governing the Awards in 2014.

 

GGBT Creative Writing Awards 2013

In the competitions in 2013, Prose writers had to begin with the following words, and continue from there:

The wind rocked the car, and spray broke across the traffic-lanes and misted the seaward window…

Best Prose Fiction Writer : JD Casteel for ‘Corrosion’
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Best Prose Thriller Writer : Peter Guttridge for ‘God’s Lonely Man’
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Best Prose Travel Writer : Peter Guttridge for ‘One Day in Caracas’

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Prizes were not awarded in the other categories, but Fergal Casey is commended for his entry ‘ The Bungalows of Old Hollywood’ in the category of Playwright.

In a truly international competitio, entries arrived from writers in England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Spain and USA, from as close as Greene’s home town of Berkhamsted and from as far away as San Francisco, California. The judges would like to thank all the entrants for their keen interest and good writing. The best entries made good use of the Starting Point, which was made to seem an integral part of the writing, as opposed to an irrelevant opening (or middle) sentence, and they were well suited to the category for which they had been entered. They were written imaginatively and accurately, and they focused on an interesting and thoughtful situation. Some less successful entries made little or no use of the Starting Point, or they were unfocused or tried to include too many ideas. Some entries were free of error, but many needed more careful proof-reading and greater awareness of grammatical and syntactical conventions.