Chagword’s Very Short Story Competition

“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”

Philip Pullman

The competition has now closed. Thank you to all writers who have sent in their stories. These will now be read carefully and shortlists assembled to go to the two judges. Winners will be informed w/c 13 March.

Judges are the two published fiction writers, SAM NORTH and JANE FEAVER


Adults (16+ years)                     1st prize £50             2nd prize £30

12-15 years                                   1st prize £30             2nd prize £20

8-11 years                                     1st prize £20             2nd prize £15

5-7 years                                       1st prize £15              2nd prize £10

Prizes will be awarded on Sunday 19 March at 1.45pm in Endecott House, Chagford


  1. The maximum number of words allowed is 500, excluding the title. Entries of more than 500 words will not be judged.
  2. Your story must be original and not have been published before in any form.
  3. All entries will be judged anonymously which is why we ask you not to put your name on your story.
  4. You can write on any subject or theme.
  5. You can enter more than one story.
  6. Sorry, but we will be unable to return stories, so keep your own copy.
  7. Copyright stays with the author but Chagword keeps the right to print winning entries for publicity or promotional material.
  8. Closing date is Monday 20 February 2017. Entries received after this date will not be eligible.

Chagword 2015’s Poetry Competition

We received over 100 entries for the last festival’s competition. The judges were Blake Morrison for the adult ones, and Dr Jane Feaver for the children’s.

All shortlisted poems were posted up in various venues around the town too, so everyone could read the poems and vote for their favourite. Here are the 2015 winning entries:

2015 winners

Under 11’s

Berries by Kitty May Prince (1st)

Walnut Tree by Clementine Childs (2nd)

Under 16’s

Living By Inches - Benjamin-Bowles (1st)

Should Like To by Seamus Tyler Clark (2nd)


The Barn by Rosina Farley (1st)

Wedding Night by Sophie Young (2nd)

Chagword 2013 Twitter Competition

The requirement here was to write a story in no more than 140 characters – a challenge Mark Connors
rose to admirably as you can see:

‘A wise man once told him: You are what you are, not what you do. Alan sticks the ticket to the windscreen and walks on, whistling.’