Still time to enter the Ely Writers’ Day short story competition

He will be a speaker at Ely Writers' Day

He will be a speaker at Ely Writers' Day - Credit: Archant

The Trio of Writers (May McGuire, Hayley Humphrey and Rosemary Westwell) who are organising Ely Writers’ Day, are pleased to announce that Jackie Tyler, retired teacher, has agreed to be a judge for the accompanying short story competition.

She will judge the Ely Writers' Day short story competition

She will judge the Ely Writers' Day short story competition - Credit: Archant

Jackie is a retired teacher of English at a local village college and has taught creative writing for a number of years.

As a child of a forces family, Jackie has wide experience and she has lived at various times in Cyprus, Malta, Libya and Jamaica.

She is now happily settled in Witchford where she has lived for over thirty years bringing up a large family of her own and teaching at the village college.

The other judges will be Brenda Mead (a Cambridge librarian) and John Elworthy (editor of the Ely Standard).

There is just time to enter the short story competition. To enter, send an unpublished short story of 500 words to by midnight on February 26, including your name, address and phone number. There are cash prizes: £50 for the first prize, £25 for the second prize and £10 for the third prize.

The winners will be announced at Ely Writers’ Day on Saturday March 19, 10am to 3pm in Ely library.

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It is free to enter the competition and to book your place for the Writers’ Day (although voluntary donations will be requested on the day).

Dominic O’Sullivan has kindly agreed to be one of our speakers on the day. He is an honours graduate of Norwich University, majoring in German and was a student of the famous German writer W G Sebald.

Dominic has published numerous short stories and poems (in English). He has had five monologues and two plays performed at the ADC as well as one play performed in London.

There will be a number of other speakers who will be covering topics such as writing for ‘real’ publishers, what publishers want, poetry and science fiction.

If you would like to come, please contact soon to book your place, for it was nearly at capacity last time.