Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Grist Anthology Article - Huddersfield Student - September 08 Edition



*This competition is now closed - please check back in late March to learn about the winners and release of the anthology.*

Huddersfield ‘Grist’: The Anthology for New Voices

‘Grist’ is a new anthology being created by Michael Stewart, a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing who is based here at Huddersfield University. He has set up a writing competition for poetry and short stories that will help compile this anthology which will not only include the three winners, the runners up but two of the biggest local literary stars.
They are Joanne Harris, author of the novel Chocolat which was turned into the hit film starring Johnny Depp and who has won many British and international awards herself for both her novels and short stories but also Simon Armitage, a renowned poet who has won many awards for his poetic pieces including the Sunday Times Author of the Year.
These two famous and very popular writers will also have written a specially commissioned work which will be published as part of the anthology but not only that, Joanne Harris will be judging the Short Story section of the competition and you guessed it Simon Armitage will be judging the poetry side of things.
But I have saved the best for last, if you are a student who is keenly interested and eager to enter this competition, regardless of what course you are doing, you can enter…for FREE! All you have to do is check out the Grist website at www.hud.ac.uk/grist, read the competition details and guidelines, print off an entry form and once you have refined your best poetry and short story to its finest you just put your student number (found on your NUS card) next to your name on the entry form and your in. You can enter as many pieces of creative work as you like, as it won’t only increase your chance of being one of three winners from each section and getting your hands on the cash prizes available but even if you don’t make it that far your work may still be published along side other deserving student works and beside two big literary stars! There really is nothing to loose with this fantastic university based competition!
The deadline for entries 30th November this year! So what are you waiting for? If you’re interested get yourself to a computer, find the website, get your entry form and get writing. Good luck to all who take up the challenge!

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