Competition Guidelines


New Members: Please read these hints before submitting scripts.

Existing Members: Please try to enter every competition – think of them as stretching exercises.

Please do not put your name on the story or poem or the cover sheet.


Your name and address and the title of the piece should be submitted to the In-House Competition Secretary on a separate piece of paper, which then can be removed and logged before the entries are sent, anonymously, to the adjudicator.

All competition entries should be printed in 12 point Times New Roman or similar plain typefaces in black ink on one side of A4 paper, double-spaced, with one-inch margins all round.

If you are posting an entry, do so in plenty of time to get there before the closing date.

Do not add extra space between paragraphs or different speeches in dialogue. Allow a ‘time break’ of a blank line only to mark an inch or five spaces (apart from the initial paragraph of a chapter).

Do not submit scripts which are over the word limit – or under, if a minimum is specified.

Each page should be numbered, preferably as Page 1 of however many pages are included. It is helpful if the title of the story appears next to the page number, and this can at the top-right corner or at the bottom of the page, separated from the of the rest of the printing by a blank line.

Most judges prefer to see a cover sheet giving the title of the story, the name of the competition, the word limit and the actual word count, ie. state the exact number of words in the story. Do not put your name on the cover sheet. We do not separate the pages of a story and its cover sheet, and they can be paper-clipped at the top left corner to save any going astray.

Entries must be handed to the In-House Competition Secretary by the closing date of the competition, or posted to arrive at her house by that morning.

One 1 entry per person, per competition.

Free to paid-up members, including postal members. £3 entry fee for non-members.

We also run a ‘league table’ for members entering our competitions. You get a 1 point for entering, and 7 for winning. 5 for coming second and 3 for third place. A Competition Cup is awarded to the member with the most points gained during the year.


Please send all postal entries to our In-House Competition Secretary:

Marion Pearson
4 Coach House Mews
Keswick Hall
Norwich NR4 6RY

For details of our current Competitions, please go here.

Visit our Membership page to see how to become a member of Norwich Writers’ Circle.