Encompass, in partnership with Cambridge University Press (CUP) and the Kite Trust, is hosting an History Month LGBTQ+ Creative Writing Competition. At the prize ceremony, we will hear from our judges about the submissions they received, prizes will be awarded by our sponsors, the Kite Trust and CUP, and extracts from the winning entries will be read out.
The prize ceremony will be held on the third floor of the Central Library, and will begin with refreshments at 5.45.
Our judges are prolific local LGBTQ+ authors Michael Brown and Paulina Palmer. Paulina has taught literature and gender studies at Warwick University and Birkbeck College, London. She currently teaches classes on contemporary fiction at City Lit College. Her publications include Lesbian Gothic: Transgressive Fictions (1999), The Queer Uncanny (2012) and Queering Contemporary Gothic (2016). She is a trustee of Encompass Network. www.paulinapalmer.org.uk email@example.com Michael is the author of The Exhibit, Mercurial and Meet me at the Harbour. He is a poet who works for Cambridge Literary Festival and programmes for Cambridge Festival of ideas. He is currently working on a climate change short novel The Cage. In addition to his own audiobooks he is also an audiobook narrator. Film star Sigourney Weaver has reviewed his work. www.poetbrownie.com
There are four categories, each with a first prize and runner-up. Category A: Under-16s’ poetry Open to young people up to and including 16 years-old, with an upper limit of 2 sides of A4, no smaller than size 11 font. Category B: Under-16s’ short stories Open to young people up to and including 16 years old, with an upper limit of 4,000 words. Category C: Open poetry Open to all, with an upper limit of 2 sides of A4, no smaller than size 11 font. Category D: Open short stories Open to all, with an upper limit of 4,000 words.
Accessibility: There is wheelchair access. There is padded seating, an accessible toilet, a designated quiet space, general car parking and blue badge parking in the Grand Arcade car park accessed by the lift next to the Library. This isn’t a gender neutral toilet, or a bsl interpreter. You can contact us about access on Libraries.ReferralCentrefirstname.lastname@example.org