The Pen Nib International Writing Competition 2021

Feel heard: feel read: feel free: feel you matter.

Three new competitions for old hands and new:-

Poetry:- under 50 lines  First prize £150

                Essay: A matter of concern - 1500-2500 words  First prize £150

Amuse bouche: A short piece, possibly illustrated  First prize £50

Also a selection of prizes including 

2 nights gîte accommodation for two (As seen on TV) for the price of one night's stay,

Signed original paintings, books and cards plus further cash prizes if numbers warrant.

Results will be announced early February 2022. Winning entries will be published on this site.

(Copyright remains with the authors.)

 

 

Sponsors and Friends          Meet the Judges                              The Team

Mark Ring

No5 Chambre D'Hotes et Glamping

http://No5france.com/

Carolyn Chamberlain
Bed and Breakfast Villefranche en Périgord
https://www.booking.com/hotel/fr/chambres-d-ha-tes-chez-carolyn.fr.html?aid=318615;label=New_French_FR_FR_21427170505-oa8xWkWsUPqfDcpOzCbMcQS217273320392%3Apl%3Ata%3Ap1%3Ap2%3Aac%3Aap%3Aneg;sid=04
 
Howard McCann
Bookstop Café @bookstop24
 
Steve Kiernan
The Patio Café, Excideuil
 
Mark Shaw,
Les Stables, Triathlon Training Centre
 
Mike Harries, Greece,
Writer, artist
 
Gordon & Joc Simms, Segora
 
Brenda Henderson, Présidente
 
Rebecca Merry Artist
 
Sarah Hambly, Artist
 
Roger Elkin, Poet,
 
Katherine Gallagher, Poet,
 
Isabel llasera Writerhttps://www.amazon.fr/Smog-Isabelle-Llasera/dp/1788641035
 

We're ready for your entries. Look out soon for  the latest updates. Interest so far has come from as far afield as Brazil, Belgium, Austria, Africa, Australia, Japan, Sweden, Canada, France and the UK

 

Katherine Gallagher

Poetry Judge

 

Katherine Gallagher is a widely-acclaimed poet with eight books published as well as four chapbooks. Born in Australia, Gallagher has lived and worked in London since 1979. She has been an active force in the community, giving poetry readings, running workshops (for adults and children), judging poetry competitions, and participating in poetry festivals.
Her work has been widely reviewed. In addition, Gallagher has undertaken translations (from French) and her reviews of the work of other poets have been extensively published. Gallagher’s own poetry has been translated into French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Romanian, and Serbo-Croat. 

 

Liv Rowland

Essay judge

Liv has been working in journalism for over 20 years, previously on  newspapers in the UK then for 14 years with The Connexion, the national newspaper and website for English-speakers in France.

At The Connexion she works as sub-editor and chief reporter on areas including practical information and French current affairs. She has enjoyed doing many interviews, from ambassadors and MPs to charity presidents, Académie française members and TV presenters or chefs.

In the last five years she has written over a thousand articles on Brexit alone – the biggest single issue to have affected the paper’s readership.

Liv originally studied French language and literature at university and enjoys using both French and English in her work and helping the English-speaking community in France.

Brenda Henderson - Présidente

Author, poet and screenwriter

 

Howard McCann Trésorier 

Bookstop

Owner of one of the favourite watering holes for local writers and creatives, hence our Association title  Assocn. Les Projets Bookstop/ The Bookstop Projects. bookstop24@gmail.com

 

Mike Harries 

Writer - Greece

Jocelyn Simms

Prize-winning poet, tutor and judge

 Gordon Simms

Prize-winning playwright, judge and tutor

Dan Bessie

Retired Hollywood cartoonist and director. Tutor and author

 

Joy Milton

Writer