Death is something that has effected us all in some way – we all know what it is like to lose someone dear to us.
Therefore we should all be able to create something for the Final Chapters Writing Competition, organised by Dying Matters which works to raise awareness of dying, death and bereavement.
The competition is free to enter and is offering prizes of £200, £100 and £50 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively plus highly commended certificates. All entries will also be considered for publication in either print form or online.
The closing date is 31 March 2012 and the winners will be announced during Dying Matters Awareness Week, 14-20 May 2012.
Entries can be prose (up to 2,500 words) or poetry (up to 40 lines) and each person can submit up to 3 entries by email or post.
The Dying Matters website says – “The judges will be looking for original writing in which the author’s feelings and thoughts about the end of life have been crafted into a succinct piece of work that attracts the reader’s attention and retains their interest”. I wasn’t sure whether this meant that they were looking for an account of a true experience or whether fiction would be acceptable so I contacted the organisers. Joe Meredith replied and indicated that either fact or fiction would be suitable entries for the competition.
Please read the full terms and conditions here before entering.
#1 by susanjanejones on January 23, 2012 - 5:00 pm
Thanks for this information Sally. I would have to have a think whether I’d like to do this one or not. Quite personal, and could be upsetting I think, good prize money though, so I won’t think for too long.
#2 by Sally Jenkins on January 23, 2012 - 8:05 pm
You’re right, Susan, if you write something factual then it’s bound to be upsetting – but it might help someone else going through a similar experience (and could be cathartic for you).
#3 by susanjanejones on June 12, 2012 - 5:58 pm
Hi Sally, can we see anywhere who the winners of this competition were? Thanks.
#4 by Sally Jenkins on June 12, 2012 - 8:17 pm
Try this link – http://www.dyingmatters.org/page/final-chapters-winners-announced
I entered but didn’t win (or get shortlisted).
#5 by susanjanejones on June 12, 2012 - 8:26 pm
Thanks for that Sally, I entered as well. Talk soon.