Nottingham Lace Writing Competition

In Memory of D. Bell

The Nottingham Lace Competition is open to anyone aged 18 or under living in Nottingham.
There are three age groups (under 10, 11–14, and 15–18), and you can enter either a poem or a short story.
We’re looking for entries on the theme of LACE.
Make lace. Wear Lace. Love lace. Lace words together. What does lace mean to you?

To Enter the competition:

Fill the form below:

Full Name:
E Mail:

Your poem or story mustn’t be longer than one page on 12-point font size.
Send us the form with your piece of writing by Friday 31 October 2014..

You can email it to

The judges:

Usborne author, P. Rawsthorne
Derbyshire P. Laureate, M. Black

The Prizes:

(For each age category)
1st prize: £50 book token and writing workshops with a published author
2nd prize: £25 book token
3rd prize: £15 book token

All winners and commended runners-up will be published in the competition anthology and will have a chance to meet the judges at the prize-giving.
Please see below for the competition rules in full.

The Nottingham Lace competition is run by the Nottingham Festival of Words ( and is made possible by the generous support of Dr. A. Bell in memory of his wife Dorothy, with additional support from Waterstones.


  1. Entrants must have been resident in Nottinghamshire at some point during the six months prior to Friday 31 October 2014..
  2. Age group is determined by age on Friday 31 October 2014..
  3. Maximum one submission per entrant.
  4. Submissions must fit onto one page of A4 in minimum 12-point font size, and contain no more than one poem or piece of fiction.
  5. All submissions must be the original work of the entrant.
  6. Copyright remains with the authors, although Nottingham Festival of Words retains the right to reproduce poems and stories physically and digitally until 30/11/2015. If entrants wish to publish their winning work or work selected for inclusion in the competition anthology, they will be required to acknowledge Nottingham Festival of Words.
  7. Work submitted must not have been published or accepted for publication elsewhere, in print or online.
  8. The winner in each age group will receive 1–2 group sessions with a published writer, either at their school (for the two younger age groups), or with other young writers in their age group (for 15–18 years).
  9. The judges cannot acknowledge submissions.
  10. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.