creative writing event

Venue: Bradstone Marquee at Ashton Keynes Shows Off

Date: Saturday 30th June 2017

Time: 10.30am - 1pm

Tickets FREE event

All the best stories start from ‘What if?’. What if a fairy grandmother turned up to get me to the ball and I met a prince? What if a wolf ate Grandma? And what if you wrote a short story?

It could be YOU being read out to the rest of the village!


The 500+ Word and Creative Writing event is open to children and big children (adults). You can even enter as a family!

We’re looking for short stories, memoirs, poems and non-fiction reportage on the theme of Landmarks.

That could be a fictional landmark, a landmark that takes you into a fantasy world or simply a scene or landmark you pass every day which evokes a memory or a story you want to tell.

We will particularly welcome memoir pieces from older residents and family entries. Why not weave a family fantasy or interview each other across the generations?

Stories should be between 500-800 words and poems limited to 42 lines.

Entries will be reviewed by a panel including including our visiting author Vanessa Lafaye and we hope to publish

them in book form. They will all be available to read online.


The entries the reviewers enjoy the most will get their fairy-tale ending by having their work shown in the Bradstone Marquee at the Ashton Keynes Shows off event.

If you need inspiration, why not get in touch with us for more details of the event and workshops by contacting
eg Davis-Berry on 
01285 861343 or email

Remember to come to the Literary Event on Wednesday 28th June - visit here for more details.

Creative Writing Event Rules

Poems:  42 lines maximum, no minimum.

Short stories, memoir and reportage:  500-800 words maximum.

All entries are reviewed anonymously: please do not include your name on the document.

The deadline date for entries is Wednesday 31st May 2017.



The competition is open to residents of Ashton Keynes or those with family, school, social or work connections.


Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant (or entrants if a joint entry) and by submitting you are confirming that the work is your own.


Entry Format

Entries must be typed, double spaced and single sided and can be submitted by email to or delivered to

20 Fore Street, Ashton Keynes.


Please include your name and contact details on a separate sheet attached to your entry stating which category and age group you are entering. You can submit separate entries in more than one category.



Copyright of each entry remains with the author, but the Ashton Keynes Music and Arts Festival will have the unrestricted right to publish all entries in a printed and online anthology.


Entries will be reviewed in three age groups:

Under 11

Under 16


Entries will be reviewedin three categories:



Non-fiction including memoir, reportage

The reviewers' decision is final.