Jot Creative Writing Competition: A Page of a Work in Progress
Independent Arts are launching their first creative writing competition for Island writers!
You are invited to submit an example of ‘a page of a work in progress’. The competition is open to Isle of Wight residents. There are three age groups (5–11, 12–17 and 18+) and it is free to enter.
We will accept entries in a wide range of formats, including video clips of performative pieces, auditory recordings or soundscapes of spoken word (not to exceed 3 minutes) and, of course, the written word (not to exceed one side of A4).
Independent Arts CEO, Lisa Gagliani MBE, said of the new competition:
“As a charity committed to exploring change through creativity, we hope this competition will encourage novices and experienced storytellers, young & old, to literally jot something down, or to record a few minutes of spoken word, to express themselves…”
The prizes include a subscription to Writing Magazine, generous book tokens, a Costa gift card and tickets to the Isle of Wight Literary Festival in October.
The competition will close at midnight on Friday 15th June.
A shortlist of nominees will be announced on our website and our social media platforms (independentarts.org.uk, facebook.com/IndependentArtsIOW/ https://twitter.com/IndependentArts) in the week commencing Monday 6th July.
Winners will be revealed at an awards ceremony on Friday 10th July at The People’s Pop-up Gallery (PPUG), 33 High Street, Newport 4.30-6pm).
Please complete all sections of the entry form below and return it with your submission either by post to: Jot Creative Writing Competition, Independent Arts, Suite 3, 30 Quay Street, Newport. PO30 5BA
or via email to: [email protected] putting Creative Writing Competition in the subject box.
I’m afraid we aren’t able to return submissions but they can be collected from our offices (Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm) after the awards ceremony.
We look forward to receiving your entry. Best of luck!
Please record your name, address and contact details clearly on the entry form (Form A1) and send it to us together with your submission, either:
by email to
by post to:
Independent Arts, Suite 3, 30, Quay Street, Newport. PO30 5BA.
We are only able to accept one entry per entrant. Employees of Independent Arts and their families are ineligible to enter. This includes arts practitioners engaged by the charity, but not their families.
Once received all submissions will be anonymised to avoid bias.
The closing date for entries is midnight on Friday 15th June 2020.
A shortlist of authors to be published on our website and social media on Monday 6th July 2020.
The judges’ decision is final.
Winners to be announced on Friday 10th July 2020 at winners ceremony, to be held at Independent Arts, PPUG gallery, 33, High Street, Newport 4:30-6pm.
Unfortunately we are not able to return submissions once the competition has ended. Written entries may be collected from our gallery PPUG, 33 High Street, Newport. Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10.30 am-3.30pm from 16th July – 15th August, after which they will be disposed of in an environmentally friendly way.
(Word format, fillable)