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Entries are now being accepted for The Val Wood Prize for Creative Writing 2023: The Tide This year, in celebration of Val Wood.


The Val Wood Prize for Creative Writing 2023: The Hungry Tide 30th Anniversary Special. 

The Val Wood Prize for Creative Writing 2023:

Entries are now being accepted for The Val Wood Prize for Creative Writing 2023: The Tide

This year, in celebration of Val Wood, they are back with a brand new theme and a brand new judging panel. Having previously been associated with Hull Libraries, the competition is now solely independent and all of its entries will be received by and judged directly by the competition’s namesake, Val Wood. 

This year’s competition celebrates 30 year’s since the release of Val Wood’s award-winning debut, The Hungry Tide. 

They are looking to receive entries that focus on the ebb and flow of the ocean and the rivers that lead to it, as The Tide itself rolls in as the central focus of this year’s competition. 

They looking for entries packed with originality and creativity that paint a picture and take the reader on a memorable journey. The story can cover any genre as long as it is not unnecessarily violent or gruesome. The competition, is open to anyone over 16 years of age

Entrants are free to write freely as long as the theme is adhered to. Poetry will NOT be considered for the prize. 

The competition is open to anyone in the world. Your entry must adhere to an overall word-count of 1500

 Maximum of 1 entry per person to the maximum word count of 1500 per entry. 


The winner of the competition will receive £100 and a signed copy of The Hungry Tide. The winning entry will be published on the website valwood.co.uk and shared via various social media outlets.

There will be two further prizes and the winners will receive signed copies of the Hungry Tide upon it’s re-release in October. 

Conditions of Entry

All entries must be typed in the form of a story (poetry will not be accepted) with a maximum word-count of 1500.

Entries must be typed on blank sheets in black font and no background images or patterns. It must be typed in Arial or Times New Roman with 1.5 line spacing. The competition is contact free and eco-friendly and ALL entries must be submitted by email

Deadline: Entries should be submitted by 5.00pm (BST) 31st August 2023

  • Your name, address, telephone number and email address must be included with your entry.
  • Please submit as Word or Pages.
  • Email entries can be sent to thevalwoodprize@gmail.com with the subject: Val Wood Prize: The Tide as the subject. 
  • Previous entrants/winners may enter the competition again using alternative entries.
  • Entries that have been submitted before will be disqualified from the competition.
  • Entries must be the original work of the competitor, in English, and must not have been published, broadcast or have won a competition prize. No alterations can be made to a story once it has been submitted.
  • Entrants can win only one prize. The decision of the judge is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • The winner of the competition and runners up will be announced Friday 24th November 2023. The winners will be announced online. Copyright remains with the author, but the organisers reserve the right to publish the winning entries online or in print for one year after winning. 
  • The organisers reserve right to alter details of the competition if necessary.
  • Entrants who do not abide by the above rules will not be considered.



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